Region’s autism strategy launched

Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009
Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009

Scottish Borders Council (SBC), NHS Borders and partners have announced the launch of the Scottish Borders Autism Strategy for 2015-2025.

The strategy has been developed to ensure that the needs of individuals with autism of all ages living in the Borders will be acknowledged and addressed.

The launch celebrates World Autism Awareness Month, and marks the beginning of a commitment to improving the lives of people with autism in the Borders for the next decade.

An event at Galashiels’ Volunteer Hall will mark the launch on Thursday, April 30, 12noon-6pm. There will be formal presentations with guest speakers including councillor Frances Renton, SBC’s executive member for social work and housing. This will be followed by a more informal drop in session where people are invited to visit a range of stalls for advice and information about local and national services for people with autism.

Councillor Renton said: “The launch of the strategy is a highly significant step in terms of making sure there is a clear vision for people with autism and their families in the Borders. The aim is to make sure people with autism feel accepted and valued by their community, have equal access to services, when needed, and are able to live the lives they choose.

“The strategy sets out ways in which service providers will work together to deliver this vision and improve outcomes locally for people with autism. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the provision of services for people with autism and their families to attend this launch and hear firsthand the commitment that is being given to making sure that the recommendations in the strategy are delivered over the next 10 years.”