eSAY Autism Project


SCLD has been funded by the Scottish Government to develop a process for data collection that will improve the reporting of how many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are receiving services in Scotland. A key aim of this project is to improve the quality of data available to service planners and policy makers in order to promote an evidence informed approach to service development and delivery in Scotland.

Amongst ten indicators for current best autism practice identified in the Scottish Strategy for Autism, indicator 5 reflects the main aim of the eSAY Autism project, as it recommends that services should include data collection processes to improve “…reporting of how many people with ASD are receiving services and inform the planning of these services”.

At the moment we are trying to find out more about the existing autism data sources throughout Scotland. We have identified a number of them and are now focusing our attention on the type of information, systems and processes for recording and storing autism-related data at a local level.

For this purpose, we have created a short survey with a few questions about various data management systems used in Scotland. We would be very grateful if you could help us by filling it out and/or passing it on to any relevant contacts.

The survey shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes and it can be accessed here.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

World Autism Day 2014

The 2nd April is World Autism Day, when people across Scotland and around the world are attending events and taking part in activities aimed at raising awareness and acceptance of autism.

You can read the Scottish Government's statement on World Autism Day here.

In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who have autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

"World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world."

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the World Autism Awareness Day 2014

You can find out about a range of events and activities taking place to raise awareness of autism both today and throughout April by visiting the Autism Network Scotland website.

Local Autism Action Plans and Strategies

Below you will find copies of Local Autism Action Plans and Strategies developed by local authority teams directly involved in the development of the autism strategy at a local level.

Aberdeen City Autism Strategy

Aberdeen City Action Plan

Aberdeenshire Strategy for Autism

Argyll and Bute Strategy for Autism

Ayrshire Autism Strategy

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Action Plan

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Autism Strategy

Dumfries and Galloway Autism Strategy

Dumfries and Galloway Action Plan

Dundee City Autism Action Plan

East Lothian Autism Strategy

Edinburgh Autism Plan

East Dunbartonshire Autism Strategy

East Dunbartonshire - Needs Assessment

Falkirk Autism Strategy

Fife Autism Plan

Inverclyde Autism Strategy

Inverclyde Autism Action Plan

Midlothian Autism Strategy

Moray Autism Strategy  

North Lanarkshire Local Autism Plan

North Lanarkshire - Consultation and Return

Orkney Autism Strategy

Renfrewshire Autism Strategy

Scottish Borders Autism Strategy

Shetlands Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategy 2016-2021

Stirling and Clackmanannshire Autism Strategy

West Lothian Autism Strategy

Please, note that the following Local Autism Action Plans and Strategies are draft versions only: 


Autism Mapping Project - Individual Reports for Local Authorities

The Scottish Strategy for Autism sets out an agenda for improving the lives of people with autism and their carers. At the launch of the Strategy the Scottish Minister for Public Health – Michael Matheson – announced £13.4 million of additional investment to be distributed over 4 years, some of which would be dedicated to mapping out autism services and improving coordination of these services.

Coinciding with a one-off investment of £35k for each local authority in Scotland to develop their own local Autism Action Plans, the aim of the Autism Mapping Project (‘the project’) was to consult with people with autism, their families and carers, service providers and local agencies and map out existing autism service provision in all local areas in order to build up a local and national picture.

The team working on the project created  the main report summarising the findings from across Scotland as well as individual service maps for each local authorties. Copies of the local service maps will be published below as and when permission is received.

Aberdeenshire Council Service Map

Argyll and Bute Service Map

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Service Map

Dundee City Council Service Map

East Dunbartonshire Council Service Map

East Lothian Council Service Map

East Renfrewshire Council Service Map

Edinburgh City Council Service Map

Falkirk Council Service Map

Fife Council Service Map

Inverclyde Council Service Map

Moray Council Service Map

Perth and Kinross Council Service Map

Renfrewshire Council Service Map

Scottish Borders Service Map 

South Lanarkshire Council Service Map

Learning about Mentoring - New Report Issued by Achievement Bute

This short report provides information about the learning from the first year of the Achievement Bute Mentoring Project, 2012-13. The Project provides direct mentoring and counselling of young
people on the autism spectrum living on the Isle of Bute, helping them to gain the skills to deal with the challenges of going forward into young adulthood.