This Bill is currently making its way through Parliament. It outlines a proposal that the Secretary of State must prepare and publish a document setting out the strategy for meeting the needs of adults in England with autistic spectrum conditions by improving the provision of relevant services to such adults by local authorities, NHS bodies and NHS foundation trusts.
The bill places a duty on the Secretary of State to publish an autism strategy by 1 April 2010. They are required to consult NHS bodies before issuing or revising the guidance.
The guidance (if the Bill is passed in its current version) will outline requirements in relation to the identification and assessment of adults on the autistic spectrum and planning for autistic people as they move from being children to adults.
Those involved in delivering services to autistic patients can expect approaches to be made within their organisations if this bill proceeds.