Around half a million people in England have an autistic spectrum condition. Early assessment, diagnosis and support can help people with autism and their families improve their quality of life.
That’s why it’s vital that young people with autism and their families are able to access the support they need. Since 2014, 33 local Healthwatch across the country have spoken to over 1,000 people to understand their experiences of using autism services and what improvements can be made.
We have reviewed what people told local Healthwatch and published a briefing on the common issues that families want to see improve when it comes to how young people are diagnosed and supported.