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NDM7124 - Opposition Debate

Tabled on 10/07/2019 For debate on 17/07/2019

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the publication of the Evaluation of the Integrated Autism Service and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan final report on the 1 April 2019.

2. Further notes the written statement made by the Minister for Health and Social Services published on the 3 April 2019.

3. Regrets that the Welsh Government voted against the implementation of the Autism (Wales) Bill. 

4. Acknowledges that, whilst the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan Annual Report 2018-2019 outlines the Welsh Government’s approach to developing autism services in Wales, there are a lack of outcome measures within the report on the delivery of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan 2016.

5. Recognises that whilst some progress has been made to improve autism services in Wales, there are inconsistencies in the service and support offered which impacts on outcomes for autistic people and their families. 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure the long-term sustainability of the integrated autism service and to deliver high quality autism support services by:

a) providing sufficient support and services to autistic people and their families that reflects the wide range of needs that they may have; ensuring that the service meets the expectations of users and strengthens the autistic voice by moving beyond autism awareness to autism empowerment;

b) developing a clear and consistent monitoring system to allow for more effective reporting of outcomes for autistic people;

c) clarifying the future funding arrangements for the integrated autism service beyond the initial funding period of March 2021 to provide certainty for service users;

d) placing the integrated autism service within a broader approach to support autistic people and to deliver the ‘priorities of action’ outlined in the Refreshed Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan, including increasing education and employment opportunities;

e) working to implement the recommendations of the Evaluation of the Integrated Autism Service and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan as soon as practical. 

Evaluation of the Integrated Autism Service and Refreshed Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan - 1 April 2019

Written Statement: Independent Evaluation of the National Integrated Autism Service and Refreshed Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan, 3 April 2019

Autism (Wales) Bill 

Welsh Government, Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan Annual Report 2018-2019, 5 July 2019

Welsh Government, Refreshed Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan, 2016 

Amendments

NDM7124 - 1 Tabled on 12/07/2019

Insert new point at beginning of motion and renumber accordingly:

Believes that in order for people with autism to receive the best services possible, neurodiversity needs to be considered as an equalities issue in its own right, with having a non-neurotypical brain becoming a protected characteristic under equalities legislation, and public services responding accordingly.

NDM7124 - 2 Tabled on 12/07/2019

In point 6, delete all after sub-point a and replace with:

building on the monitoring that exists within services to allow for more effective reporting of outcomes for autistic people;

clarifying the future funding arrangements for the integrated autism service beyond the initial funding period of March 2021 once we have the much awaited clarity from the UK Government of our settlement for 2020 – 21 and beyond;

placing the integrated autism service within a broader approach to support autistic people and to deliver the ‘priorities of action’ outlined in the Refreshed Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan, including increasing education and employment opportunities;

working with partners and stakeholders to consider the recommendations of the Evaluation of the Integrated Autism Service and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan.

NDM7124 - 3 Tabled on 12/07/2019

Delete point 3 and renumber accordingly.

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