A timeline of autism support in Surrey

2014 - We designed a series of Autism factsheets

 

2013 - We completed our self-assessment and were mentioned in the National Autism Strategy

More housing options were developed and we worked with schools and colleges to support young people in transition.

 

2012 –  We continued our work with many new developments

We created a diagnosis services run by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

 

2011 - We launched the Autism Partnership Board

The Autism Partnership Board would meet four times a year.

National guidance on diagnosis would be launched in 2012 and we needed to have a plan for Surrey.

It was important that social care staff in Surrey understood autism and people could get services if they qualified.

 

2010 - The Government’s autism strategy ‘Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives’ was launched

Since 2008, new supported living services for 42 people had been set up. We began to look at setting up an autism diagnosis services for adults.

 

2009 - Employment was a big issue for people with autism in Surrey

We gave £71,000 of Learning Disability Development Fund money to an employment project for people with autism.

A new housing and support service was developed for 13 young people with autism.

We also funded a research project about further education for people with autism.

 

2008 - People were able to use our Autism Spectrum Handbook

The handbook explained autism in easy words and was downloaded by lots of people from our website.

We gave Learning Disability Development Fund money to the National Autistic Society to set up the Assist – Asperger Support, Signposting and Information Services team.

 

2007 - We started planning housing and support for the increased numbers of people with autism

We started planning housing and support for the increased numbers of people with autism.

We needed to plan services because the number of adults with autism known to services in Surrey would rise from 600 in 2003 to 1200 by 2016.

Lockwood Day Service was the first service in Surrey to achieve Autism Accreditation.

 

2006 - Six services in Surrey started working to get Autism Accreditation

The Partnership Board gave another £37,000 of Learning Disability Development Fund money to the Autism Project.

Six services in Surrey started working to get Autism Accreditation. The first 23 people completed their training to become Autism Champions.

 

2005 - We found out that there were more people with autism in Surrey than we thought

Commissioning Manager Tom Moore published his report called ‘Person Centred Services for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Surrey.

The report found that 41% of adults with autism placed in residential care were placed in homes outside of Surrey. We wanted this to change.

 

2004 - Commissioning Manager Tom Moore began work on the Autism project

Commissioning Manager Tom Moore met with people with autism and their families to find out their needs. A lot of services in Surrey agreed they needed to get better at supporting people with autism.

 

2003 - The Surrey Autism Project started

The Partnership Board agreed that we needed to get better at understanding and supporting people with autism in Surrey.

We used £25,000 of Learning Disability Development Fund money to fund the Autism Project.