Autism Europe Congress Highlights Video Released

The official Scottish Strategy for Autism video highlighting the Autism Europe Congress is now available. The Congress took place in Edinburgh on September 16th to 18th and was attended by a wide range of stakeholders from across the continent. See the video below for details!


The Scottish Government launches consultation on social security

The Scottish Government is publishing a consultation on social security in Scotland, to gather views and inform future decisions, including the development of the forthcoming Social Security Bill.

The Scottish Government is committed to working with people across Scotland, to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016. We believe that there should be opportunities for everyone to participate in the debates and decisions that matter to them, regardless of their circumstances or backgrounds.

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Fourth Annual Strategy Conference held in Glasgow

The Scottish Strategy for Autism Fourth Annual Conference took place on December 8, 2015 at University of Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow. The event’s theme was “Good Autism Practice” centred around three major topics – local authorities, transitions and employment.

The keynote address was presented by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement, and Mental Health. He highlighted areas of progress in the fourth year of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

He noted that "earlier this year, we reframed the Strategy as outcomes based on the strategy goals and identified the priorities for action over the coming two years. The four strategic outcomes are: a healthy life, choice and control, independence and active citizenship." He then went into more detail about what each outcome set out to achieve.

He noted, “The Scottish Strategy for Autism is now four years old and we should be proud of our achievements as we approach the half-way point.” He recognised that many in attendance had been very involved in the work towards the Strategy and asked that they accept his thanks for all they do.

He went on to say, “while we recognise that there is still a lot more that we can do together to improve the lives of people with autism in Scotland, it is very clear that positive things are beginning to happen and are benefiting families. I am confident that with our continued good work we can achieve our outcomes through innovation and improvement.”

Throughout the day, delegates heard keynote presentations and attended workshops on good autism practice in local authorities, transitions and employment. They were also given time to network and to visit the Marketplace, where several organisations who ran successful Autism Development Fund projects were on hand to discuss their examples of good autism practice. Also in the Marketplace, a set of posters showing how organisations had innovated since last year’s conference were on display.

You will find videos from the day, along with some of the presentations from workshops and the innovation posters on the Autism Network Scotland website.

Scottish Learning Disability Observatory publishes new newsletter

The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory has just published their latest newsletter (Volume 3).  The newsletter is also available to download in an easy read format.

What else is new on the SLDO website?

  • New videos of the SLDO team members explaining the projects they are working on.
  • A blog from Genevieve Young-Southward relating to her PhD research into what effect transition has on the health and wellbeing in young people with learning disabilities.

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If you have any questions or comments relating to the SLDO's work, please email s[email protected].


Strategy's Annual Conference focuses on good autism practice

The Scottish Strategy for Autism Fourth Annual Conference will take place on December 8, 2015 at the University of StrathclydeTechnology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow. This year’s theme is good autism practice at strategic, service and individual levels.

Topics and presentations for the day include:

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health will give his perspective on the considerable progress the Scottish Strategy for Autism is making in improving quality of life for those with autism and their families
• Good practice in local authorities across Scotland
• Major initiatives that are transforming practice at key points in individuals' lives (e.g. transitions, employment)
• Workshops that showcase good practice
• What some of the Autism Development Fund projects have achieved

This event is geared towards practitioners; however, a wide range of stakeholders have received invitations. We hope practitioners will make a special effort to come along and hear about the last year's developments and progress on the Scottish Strategy for Autism. There will be many examples of good practice presented on the day and we hope these ideas will be taken away by those best positioned to implement them across Scotland.

If you are interested in attending the event and would like to join the waiting list, please email John Currie. We’ll notify you if there are still places available soon after the RSVP deadline of November 17.