Extra £7m to support Wales' autism services

Credit: Welsh Government

An extra £7m has been allocated to support autism services in Wales, bringing the total to £13m up to 2021.

The money for the National Integrated Autism Service has been announced to coincide with Autism Awareness Week.

Wales is the first part of the UK to create a national service to provide lifetime support to children and adults with autism, and their families.

The service will be rolled out across the country by 2018, and will provide new adult diagnostic services, support for families and carers, help with the transition from child to adult provision, and training for professionals.

The additional £7m funding is to ensure all regions are able to provide high quality and sustainable autism support.

It will also help deliver the Welsh Government's Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) action plan.

This 'includes a commitment to developing improved autism resources', like the Welsh Local Government Association's "Can you see me?" scheme, which is to be rolled out in the coming months after it launches today.

The initiative promotes understanding and acceptance of autism across Wales.