The ‘Autism NI Strategy (2013-2020)’ and ‘Action Plan (2013-2016)’ were officially launched by the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Minister for Health in early 2014.
The strategy and action plan aim to ensure that Northern Ireland meets the commitments it has made to people with autism under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The strategy and action plan set out how the needs of people with autism and their families and carers will be supported throughout their whole lives. Improvements in existing services will be achieved through service redesign, rather than new investment, and delivery of services at the community level.
The strategy is the result of years of campaigning by autism-Europe member, Autism NI, and collaborative work among government departments, the voluntary and community sector, and people with autism, their families and carers.
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