Towards a Scottish Borders Autism Strategy

The Scottish Strategy for Autism was published in 2011; marking growing recognition that autism deserves an agenda in its own right. The development of the national strategy ensures progress will continue to be made in delivering quality services for individuals on the spectrum. 

In response to the national agenda for autism, the Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders have developed a joint local strategy, to ensure the needs of individuals on the spectrum of all ages living in the Borders will be acknowledged, and addressed. 

This joint plan looks at the priority areas of need, as identified through the national autism mapping project, conducted in 2013. 

The mapping project asked people with autism, their parents and carers and professionals what they thought was working well, what needs to improve and any gaps in existing service provision, in the Borders.

They are looking to collect your views on these priorities and would value your personal stories and experience.

If you require a paper version or support to complete this questionnaire, please contact:

Neil Hendry

[email protected]

0131 2201075 or 07900740865

The questionnaire can be accessed here.


Autism Mapping Project Report

The Scottish Strategy for Autism – announced in November 2011 – set 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

  - map out existing autism service provision in all local areas in order to build up a local and national picture

 - identify priority areas for action that reflected local need

 - work collaboratively with local partnerships, councils, NHS, criminal justice, third sector organisations and other relevant public bodies

  - provide local authority with a ‘Service Map’ of their area, to inform their Autism Action Plans


The purpose of this report is as follows:

- to provide a ‘snapshot’ of autism services across Scotland, set out the key issues identified by people with autism and their carers, and provide an overview of how services are meeting their needs or where there may be gaps in services; and

- set out the evidence gathered from the mapping project in order to inform local autism action plans and local decisions on autism service provision

- inform future decisions on priorities for funding. 

Click here to download the Scottish Strategy Mapping Report


Autism Network Scotland Publish Their First Annual Report

Autism Network Scotland connects and communicates with those interested in the field of autism. They are a signpost for autism professionals and practitioners, people with autism, their families and carers toward examples of good practice, resources and useful information.


Autism Network Scotland are funded by the Scottish Government and are a vehicle in the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism. They are part of the National Centre for Autism Studies within the University of Strathclyde.


In the past Autism Network Scotland existed as Scottish Autism Service Network. In May 2012 they rebranded, changed location and are now based at the John Anderson Campus in the city centre of Glasgow.


You can access the report from their first year of workings as Autism Network Scotland here.

Call for Abstracts: Action on Autism Research - Improving Impact

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, launched the Scottish Autism Strategy on 2nd November 2011. Autism is seen as a national priority: There is a need for much greater synergy between research in autism and other areas of research and the different fields of research in autism, and in the relationships between research, theory, policy and practice. Given the importance of this agenda, members of staff from the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Aberdeen have formed a partnership with key charitable organisations in autism (Research Autism, Scottish Autism, Autism Initiatives Scotland) to develop a series of research workshops and events.

Research plays an essential role in three respects:  in providing a rigorous, valid and reliable evidence-base for understanding the key features of autism, for exploring effective approaches and interventions, and for evaluating implementation and impact.

The purpose of the seminar series is to explore the state of autism and related areas of research in Scotland in relation to these three functions. Part of this process will be to define ‘impact’, to consider how evidence supports claims of impact, to identify both research and impact gaps and to work together and across disciplines to consider how to improve the quality of autism research and maximise impact. Given the size of the autism population and the high costs associated with care and support the investment in research and quality of the evidence-base for effective treatments is low.

The series of events will present some of the key elements of autism research in Scotland as well as other parts of the UK, relating this to the current state of knowledge more broadly through international guest presentations. The presentations will identify current measures of impact and subsequent discussions will consider how the Scottish Autism Strategy implementation groups can be supported to improve understanding of the impact of such research upon the lives of the autism community in Scotland: individuals, families and professionals.

The series will comprise four two-day meetings at the University of Strathclyde between November 2013 and June 2014, culminating in a conference in autumn 2014. The first meeting will be held in Glasgow on 26th and 27th November 2013.


If you are conducting research on autism in the UK and would be interested in presenting research at one of the events, we would like to hear from you. Please email [email protected] to note interest, indicating your topic, whether you would prefer to present a talk or poster, and whether you would be available for the first seminar on 26th or 27th November. We will then send you full information about the events with guidelines on submission of a summary for consideration by the review panel.

One Stop Shops across Scotland

One Stop Shops offer people with autism and their families much needed information, advice and support before and after diagnosis.

Originally One Stop Shops were concentrated in Glasgow and Edinburgh. As part of the Scottish Strategy for Autism the Government committed to funding six new One Stop Shops around the country in association with Autism Initiatives, Scottish Autism and The National Autistic Society Scotland.

Please see below a list of all the One Stop Shops from across the country and their contact details.

Aberdeen One Stop Shop

9 Queens Gardens


AB15 4YD

Tel - 01224 633040

 [email protected]

For further information about NAS services click here


Ayrshire One Stop Shop

Portland Road, Kilmarnock, KA1 2DJ

Tel: 01563 520317

[email protected]

For further information about NAS services click here


Edinburgh One Stop Shop - Number 6

24 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JZ

Tel: 0131 220 1075

[email protected]

Click here to access the Number 6 website


Fife One Stop Shop

8 Viewfield Terrace, Dunfermline, KY12 7HZ

Tel: 01383 724200

[email protected]

Click here to download the Fife One Stop Shop information leaflet.

For details on opening hours and monthly activities please see the Scottish Autism website here


Glasgow One Stop Shop - the ARC

Autism Resource Centre, Abercromby Business Centre, 279 Abercomby Street, Glasgow G40 2DD

Tel: 0141 276 7182

[email protected]

For further information on the Arc please click here.


Inverness One Stop Shop

28 Ardconnel Terrace, Inverness, IV2 3AE

Tel: 01463 717649

[email protected]

For further information about Autism Initiatives Services click here


Lanarkshire One Stop Shop

141 North Orchard Street, Motherwell, ML1 3JL

Tel: 01698 267023

[email protected]

Click here to download the Lanarkshire One Stop Shop information leaflet.


Perth One Stop Shop - Number 3

Number 3, King Street, Perth, PH2 8HR

Tel: 01738 449327

[email protected]

For further information about Autism Initiatives Services click here

For details on opening hours and monthly activities please see the Scottish Autism website here