Autism Initiatives in Wales
With the introduction of a Development Officer, Aled James, Autism Initiatives is looking to develop services all over Wales, with the focus very much on People and Partnerships.
Our valuable partnership with Autism Cymru - Wales’ national charity for ASD - will be integral to the development of services. Autism Cymru’s primary task is to influence policy and practice on behalf of the autism community throughout Wales. They have worked closely with the Welsh Assembly to present a concept to ministers that culminated in the all-Wales Strategy for ASD - a strategy supported by Autism Initiatives.
Autism Initiatives also supported Autism Cymru and Autism Speaks’ successful efforts to establish the Cardiff University Chair in Autism Research, as well as the development of a Wales Autism Research Centre.
Our proposals for the future are to develop more partnerships in order to provide supported living projects, respite and short break services for people with autism throughout Wales. There is currently a shortage of support in Wales, and by developing partnerships with housing associations, Local Authorities and other trusts, we hope to provide quality housing solutions.
Regulations and Standards ask for autism services to be person centred, and we can display our commitment to this approach through our policies, procedures, assessments and training. Our infrastructure can support service development, and we have a sizable staff team that we can deploy in times of crisis or to support other new developments.
We look forward to working with all stakeholders regarding services and training initiatives.
If you would like to know more about Autism Initiatives Cymru, please contact 01970 626264.