Lincolnshire residents asked to help Adults with Autism Strategy survey
PEOPLE in Boston are being asked to fill in a survey which could help improve services for adults with autism.
Anyone with a personal or professional interest in the condition, including friends, families and carers, are being invited to complete an online survey. The results will then form part of joint work between Lincolnshire County Council and NHS Lincolnshire towards a new Adults with Autism Strategy for the county.
Councillor Graham Marsh, executive member for adult services, said: "It is estimated that over 4,000 people in Lincolnshire aged 18 to 64 are currently on the autistic spectrum – a figure which is predicted to rise. Of course the overall numbers of people affected by the condition, in the role of family member, carer, friend, advocate or professional, are much greater.
"That's why we're looking for everyone's views to ensure needs are being met as well as they can be. Improving the lives of adults with autism in Lincolnshire, by enabling them to live independently, supporting them into and then within the workplace and identifying their health needs earlier, will see an immense impact.
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"We encourage as many people as possible to give us their feedback, including what they think of existing services and of the transition when turning 18 and moving into Adult Support."
The survey can be completed online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/autismsurvey before the deadline of 22 March. Paper copies and an easy read version of the survey, along with any further information, are available from the county council's Adult Social Care department on 01522 555380.
The resulting joint health and social care strategy will aim to improve both the experience of using health and social care services and the range of opportunities for support for the next 3 years.