Engagement on Consultation for Autism Strategy 2023 – 2028

10th February 2023

The previous autism strategy ended in 2020, and while preparations had been underway to develop its successor in 2021, work was constrained due to Covid-19.

In March 2021 the then Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA, published an Autism – Interim Strategy for the years 2021 and 2022 with a commitment to commence development of a longer term autism strategy later in 2021.

The Department of Health has been working with autistic people, their families and carers on the development of the strategy throughout 2022 to identify key priorities to be included in the strategy, which will be published in Spring 2023.

It is important that the strategy is influenced and shaped by people who have lived experience of autism, their families and carers to ensure that the strategy can continue to build on support to respond to your needs within society.

The Department of Health invites you to shape these key priorities through your experience and thoughts on what works well, what needs to change and what could be improved.  Your views will assist in finalising the strategy.

The consultation will run from 14 December 2022 until 8 March 2023.

Autism Strategy 2023 – 2028 Consultation | Department of Health (health-ni.gov.uk)

If you have any additional questions please contact Autism.Strategy@health-ni.gov.uk

Engagement events

The PCC are facilitating two group engagement events for families, carers and Autistic people, these will take place remotely via Zoom, at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday 23rd February 2023 at 6pm-9pm  
  • Friday 24th February 2023 at 11am-2pm

We welcome your involvement in these events. To register to attend, please complete the form below. Spaces limited. Registration essential and will close Wednesday 22nd February at 1pm.

This report will be drafted and shared by the DoH, the views captured will be that of the groups consulted with and there will be no individual responses.

Registration closed. 

If you have any queries, please contact Jackie on jackie.kelly@pcc-ni.net