Consultation to help create a national autism strategy

A new consultation has been launched in hopes of better understanding autism.

This information will be used to help the Department of Health and Social Care establish a national autism strategy.

It will describe the pathways for obtaining a diagnosis, accessing services such as occupational health, medical care, sports and recreation, respite or education.

Accordingly, the Department is asking people (diagnosed and undiagnosed) on the autism spectrum (including Asperger’s) and their friends, family and caregivers to get in touch.

The consultation is open until June 10, during which time there will be a series of walk-in sessions.

The details of which can be found below:

Tuesday May 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Nunnery Howe, Old Castletown Road, Douglas

Monday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at The Oaks, May Hill, Ramsey

Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Nunnery Howe, Old Castletown Road, Douglas

Tuesday May 17, 4-6pm at UCM, Homefield Road, Douglas

Thursday, May 19, 1-3 p.m. with Autism in Mann, Center 21, Greenfield Road, Douglas

Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at UCM, Homefield Road, Douglas

Friday, May 27, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. with Crossroads, Units B5 & B6, Eden Business Park, Cooil Road, Douglas

These sessions are free, but it is advisable to reserve a time slot.

Hard copies of the consultation will be available at the Visitor Center and all Visitor locations, or if you would like to receive a copy by email or post, please email your request to amy.monroe2 @gov.im

Opinions and experiences can be submitted online before the consultation closes on June 10.

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