A call for evidence has been issued to inform a review of the National Autism Strategy, Think Autism.

The consultation, which closes on 16 May 2019, is aimed at autistic people, their families and their carers in England and is seeking their views about their experiences of care and support.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) also wants to hear from professionals who provide care and support to autistic people, their families and carers in a range of settings, for example across health, social care, education and the voluntary sector.

Two online surveys have been developed. The first is for any autistic person in England who has a diagnosis of autism or self-identifies as autistic. The second is a survey for families of autistic people, unpaid and paid carers in England, and any organisation in England that works with autistic people.

Alongside this the DHSC is working with a range of organisations and networks to gather views, including face-to-face meetings with autistic people.

The results of the call for evidence will be used to find out where people think progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future.

The strategy, Think Autism, was published in April 2014 and supports the Autism Act 2009.

This year the DHSC, working with the Department for Education, will review the strategy and extend it to cover children as well as adults.

The consultation is available at www.gov.uk.

Last reviewed 10 April 2019