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Strategic direction and support available for adults with Autism living in Suffolk

Suffolk’s Learning Disability Partnership Board is interested in what you think about the strategic direction and support available for adults with autism living in Suffolk.

Suffolk’s vision is for people to ‘live good, ordinary lives, with the right support, at the right time, from the right people’.

Why is this work being led by the Learning Disability Partnership?
Suffolk County Council’s Adult & Community Services have recently made some structural changes to the way they work, and who they work with. Social Work teams will now be called ‘Learning Disability & Autism teams.’

The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership is an independent partnership of self-advocates, family carers, health and social care commissioners, police, Healthwatch, voluntary organisations and housing providers. The Partnership will work with people to achieve the vision of people with learning disabilities living good ordinary lives as part of their community, with the right support, at the right time, from the right people. The Partnership is driven by the Learning Disability Partnership Board.

We would like to use this survey to discuss and co-produce answers to 3 questions.

Members of the Learning Disability Partnership will then review the responses & host next steps on the Learning Disability Partnership website in May 2018.

About Suffolk County Council’s Learning Disability and Autism Service
The cohort of need being supported by the ACS learning disability and autism teams are changing. Access is no longer defined by IQ or attending special education provision as a child. There are more people who are high functioning cognitively, yet socially and behaviourally are very vulnerable, have risk-taking behaviours and are often known to the criminal justice system and/or substance misuse services. These customers often attended mainstream education and have either a very mild or no specific learning disability at all, but may have Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as associated mental health difficulties. An analysis of our caseload in 2017 showed that this represents 10 percent of the overall caseload.

Guidance:

– This is a confidential survey and we would like everyone to feel comfortable to share their own opinions and experiences.
– We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to have their say.

Click here for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CCSTYZ9

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