Stirling & Clackmannanshire Councils and their partner agencies have developed a 10-year Autism Strategy which has been recognised by Stirling Community Planning Partnership (CPP), Clackmannanshire Alliance Community Planning and the councils’ elected members as a positive example of what can be achieved through partnership working and meaningful engagement.
The strategy makes a commitment to improving the life outcomes for adults and children with autism and their families and carers. In developing the strategy the councils have involved over 50 statutory and third sector organisations with representation from over 100 professionals, service users, families and carers. They successfully engaged with our community and raised awareness of autism through a range of creative and public events:
- involved children and adults with autism, siblings, and 15 schools and organisations, who have created over 120 pieces of art work, an animation film and a musical production
- organised several art exhibitions across both councils, in rural and urban areas
- organised an autism film screening and public debate
- created 2 information and awareness-raising films which represent the voices of local people with autism and their families.
The project has developed several novel and innovative resources:
- an Android Autism App to support individuals through transition
- a stand-alone autism website and online directory of local services
- social media support networks for families and service users, integrating with safe social media specifically for young people and adults with ASD to help them connect with likeminded individuals in their community
- autism training packages for professionals and parents
- we have partnered with Stirling University to evaluate the benefit of using Quality of Life Indicators as a means of providing evidence-based evaluation of the strategy outcomes.
The Autism strategy has been recognised by both councils as a benchmark model for the development of other strategies, as well as for the integration of Health and Social Care Services.
Download the Application Form: Implementing the Autism Strategy in Stirling and Clackmannanshire