Waltham Forest Autism Strategy consultation

30 November 2020

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Earlier this year the Waltham Forest Cabinet signed up to our ambition to become an autism-friendly borough.

To help us make this happen we are writing a new Autism Strategy and Implementation Plan.

We want to hear from you to find out what needs to happen locally to make life better for autistic people in Waltham Forest.

The thoughts and comments we receive from you will be used to help write our strategy and tell us what actions to take to help the Council and its partners to make services and the community friendly to autistic residents. 

If you are an autistic person, or a parent, friend, carer, relative of an autistic child or adult please share your views, experiences and knowledge in our consultation to help make Waltham Forest autism friendly.

Autism Strategy so far Click to get info

We want to thank everyone who has taken part in the engagement on our All-age Autism Strategy so far. Over the last few months, we have had lots of valuable feedback and ideas for the future.

We have been engaging with residents, partners, and internal colleagues and have set up an Autism Task and Finish Group to lead this work with representatives from different areas and organisations.

We recently presented our plans for the strategy to Scrutiny Committee

We are holding another session during Autism Awareness Week: details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Our survey is also still open so if you have not yet had a chance to share your views please do.

Based on your views so far we have drafted the following priorities. Please note we are still engaging so these are subject to change over the coming weeks.

  • Starting out well
  • Fair access to quality education and learning
  • Supporting families and networks           
  • Keeping autistic people safe from harm 
  • Promoting mental health and wellbeing
  • Improving access to quality and inclusive local services at the right time 
  • Taking a lifespan approach (including transitions and aging well)
  • Opportunities and Employment
  • The right home and housing       
  • Inclusive Communities

We are bringing together all of the views and thoughts we have had so far to help us write the strategy and will share the draft strategy on this page soon as well as a summary of what we have found. We are aware that the National Autism Strategy is due to be published this Spring and will ensure this is reflected in our final strategy. We hope to have a final draft this Summer.

Have your say Click to get info

Talk to us

NEW Session: We are holding an extra session as part of Autism Awareness Week. This session will focus on hearing your ideas on how to raise awareness of autism in Waltham Forest. This will be a virtual session.

Tuesday 30 March, 11am-12pm – Virtual Session

If you would like to attend this session please contact strategic.commissioning@walthamforest.gov.uk and you will be sent joining details.

Survey and online feedback

Tell us what you think using this online survey:

If you need to, please ask someone to help you with the survey.

Send an email

If you would prefer to draw a picture, write a letter,  or record a message or video to tell us your thoughts please send these to Strategic.Commissioning@walthamforest.gov.uk.