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.