Strategy Conference held in Glasgow in December 2014

The Scottish Strategy for Autism Third Annual Conference took place on 3 December 2014 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  The keynote address was presented by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement, and Mental Health. He reaffirmed The Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the lives of people with autism, and highlighted areas of progress in the third year of The Scottish Strategy for Autism. He noted that “this work must be taken forward with meaningful coproduction in mind.  The Autism Strategy clearly sets out that local autism plans should be developed in collaboration with people across the autism spectrum, carers and professionals.” He noted that he was pleased to see “lots of good work happening” and reinforced that the Strategy’s vision should be kept in mind  – “that individuals on the autism spectrum are respected, accepted and valued by their communities and have confidence in services to treat them fairly so that they are able to have meaningful and satisfying lives.”

A full recap of conference proceedings can be found in the Autism Network Scotland News.