Oldham Council is working to increase awareness and understanding of autism across the borough during Autism Awareness Week.
On 31 March, Oldham Council and other members of the Autism Way Forward Partnership will be in Spindles Shopping Centre from 10am-6pm to promote Oldham’s Autism Strategy.
They will also advise the public on where they can find out more information and get involved.
The event will mark Autism Awareness Week, which runs from 27 March – 2 April and aims to improve understanding of the lifelong disability.
Since 2014, Oldham’s Autism Way Forward Partnership Board has been developing an autism strategy for Oldham.
Those involved have included partner and provider organisations, individuals with autism and their family members, as well as professionals from education, health and social care.
It is a joint strategy between Oldham Council and NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, aimed at supporting children, young people, adults and elderly people with autism in Oldham.
The aim is to improve both the design and delivery of services and support by working better together to ensure improved outcomes and to achieve better value for money spent on commissioned services.
The four aims are to ensure people in Oldham with autism:
- Receive joined up support with all agencies working together commissioning effective services
- Have a clear diagnosis pathway
- Get the right support at the right time during their lifetime
- Have better information and awareness of autism
The Greater Manchester Autism Consortium is also closely involved in this work and will be supporting the implementation of plans across Greater Manchester.
Cllr Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding, said: “Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person experiences the world and communicates with others.
“It is up to us as a society to have the best possible understanding of the challenges people with autism face and to help make their lives as fulfilling as possible.
“A key objective of the Autism Way Forward strategy in Oldham is to increase awareness and understanding of autism across the borough.
“The ultimate ambition is for Oldham to be acknowledged as an Autism Friendly Borough.”
For more information on Oldham’s Autism Way Forward strategy go online.