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Hampshire Autism Partnership Board

The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB) has been set up to be a decision making body which shares information and develops a strategy to improve services for people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) in Hampshire. The Board also has good links with leads in autism from Southampton, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. Working closely with each other means the strategy enhances a countywide approach to the needs of autism.

The Board has representatives from health and social care (across learning disabilities and mental health), voluntary and statutory services, specialist and mainstream, service users and families, to improve access to better local services by all adults and young people with autism and their families. It also ensures consistency and equality in services. 

Hampshire’s response to the National Autism Strategy

The Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults 2012–2015 was launched on 5 November 2012. The Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults is the first of a two part 'across the lifespan' autism strategy. The second part, the Autism Strategy for Children and Young People in Hampshire 2014–2017 was published in March 2015.

Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults

Easy Read Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults

Autism Strategy for Children and Young People in Hampshire

If you require a hard copy of the Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults, contact adult.services@hants.gov.uk or call 0300 555 1386. You can also request other formats using this telephone number, i.e. Braille.

If you require a hard copy of the Autism Strategy for Children and Young People in Hampshire, contact Autism.strategy@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846370.

Development of the strategies

The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board developed the adult strategy through two consultations (2011 and 2012) with people with autism, parents and carers, and staff who work with people with autism within voluntary, independent and public sector organisations.

The adult strategy also responds to the central government guidance and legislation and to other priorities that have been agreed locally. The original national strategy Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives "represents a shared approach towards a common goal; a society that not only accepts and understands autism, but also provides real opportunities for adults with autism to live fulfilling and rewarding lives". Its update, Think Autism, published in April 2014, reaffirms the importance of the 5 areas for action identified in the strategy aimed at improving the lives of adults with autism.

Following a 12 week public consultation, the completed Children and Young People’s Autism Strategy consultation report was presented to Senior Local Authority Managers, the Joint Child Health Commissioning Board and the Hampshire Autism Board in early 2015 who have agreed the strategy. The strategy was published in March 2015.

For more information about how Hampshire is responding to the Department of Health's Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives, its update, Think Autism, and the implementation of the Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults, please contact Linda Burgess, Autism Strategy Lead for Adult Services, linda.burgess@hants.gov.uk.

For information about the implementation of the Autism Strategy for Children and Young People in Hampshire, contact Autism.strategy@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846370.

Hampshire County Council autism information webpage





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