Autism Strategy Collaborative considers transitions at event

Following successful events in January and in April, the National Autism Co-ordination Project (NACP) held a third event for local leads working on autism plans and strategies. The Autism Strategy Collaborative Business Meeting and Development Workshop was held on September 25 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The Collaborative represents a commitment from local authorities across Scotland to the formation of a “community of practice”, sharing best practice and working together to overcome common challenges occurring nationwide.

This meeting focused on transitions for people on the autism spectrum, across the lifespan. The meeting was opened by Donald Macleod, NACP Project Manager, who provided an update on the progress on local autism strategies and plans across Scotland. He also discussed the Autism Outcomes and Priorities, which reframes the Scottish Strategy for Autism into outcomes. Professor Jean MacLellan, National Lead Co-ordinator of the NACP, went on to set the scene for the morning presentations on transitions in Scotland.

James Fletcher of the Association for Real Change (ARC) Scotland presented on the work of the Scottish Strategy for Autism's Work Group 2. Scott Richardson-Read, also of ARC Scotland, presented on the development of seven principles of good transitions, as outlined in the Principles of Good Transitions 2 document, and described the outcomes of the recent series of roadshow events, Exploring Transitions: Digging Deeper. Autism Network Scotland produced a report on the findings from the roadshows; to view this report online, please click here. Two mums then presented on their organisation, Galaxy Group, and how they were looking at creative ways to pool self-directed support resources among young people in Aberdeenshire.

The afternoon session of the event saw two workshops taking place with delegates attending each workshop in turn. The first workshop was delivered by Lynsay Haglington, East Dunbartonshire Council; Carole Anderson, NHS Health Improvement Team; and Tracy Wenzl, Autism Network Scotland. This workshop discussed asset mapping from several angles. Lynsay presented East Dunbartonshire’s own asset map, developed in their community by service users.  Carole presented the WITTY (What’s Important to You) application for iPads, which allows users to create their own personal asset maps. Tracy presented on Autism Network Scotland’s Menu of Interventions local resource pages, where community resources have been gathered and listed for 14 local communities across Scotland.

The second workshop discussed legal obligations in relation to transitions, comparing people's expectations to the reality of going through the process. It was presented by Scott Richardson-Read.

All of the presentations from the day, as well as several of the resources named throughout the afternoon, are linked on our website.