Making Greater Manchester Autism Friendly

Greater Manchester's All Age Autism Strategy April 2022 to March 2025

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Easy Read Greater Manchester All Age Autism Strategy April 2022 to March 2025

Greater Manchester All Age Autism Strategy April 2022 to March 2025

Based on work with the key stakeholders in Greater Manchester listed below, we have come up with the key priorities for the Greater Manchester Autism Strategy April 2022- March 2025.

Those stakeholders include: Autistic people including autistic children and young people, Family Members, the ten Greater Manchester localities of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, the NHS Integrated Care System, Greater Manchester Equality Alliance, Greater Manchester Disabled People’s panel, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other VCSE organisations working with autistic people in Greater Manchester.

  • Increasing understanding and awareness – this includes training, campaigns and guidance on reasonable adjustments
  • Improving access to education and transition – this means working with professionals, parents, children and young people to improve services for children and young people and those about to become adult
  • Improving employment opportunities – this means making sure more autistic people have access to employment including support around recruitment, retaining jobs and progression in their careers
  • Tackling health and care inequalities including supporting better training, work on reasonable adjustments within settings such as mental health services. Identifying more social opportunities and seeking to support diverse communities such as those experiencing racial inequalities and LGBTQ+ communities and older autistic people. Increasing autism competent advocacy services and improving diagnosis and post diagnosis support.
  • Building the right support and inpatient support, including increasing support around housing. Sharing better information on housing choices, raising awareness of Care Treatment Reviews and processes and improving professional understanding of autistic people’s mental health needs and issues such as mental capacity.
  • Improving the experience of autistic people within the criminal and youth justice systems including victims and offenders.
A collage of photos. One showing a pair of hands with a cut out of paper that reads Autism. One showing a young woman smiling and a man sitting next to here. One showing a parent kissing a small child and one showing a child being pushed on an indoor swing