Plaid Cymru has said the rejection of a proposed Autism Bill in the Assembly has "let down" autistic people and their families.
The bill, developed alongside the National Autistic Society, had intended to provide autistic people with a statutory right to receive timely services to meet their needs. It was hoped the bill would also help improve understanding of the condition.
Speaking after the bill was rejected by 28 votes to 24, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Health said families were "profoundly disappointed" by the vote.
The Welsh Government said it agreed there is a need to improve the services available to people with autism and is investing £13 million to deliver an integrated autism system available across Wales.
The Welsh Government also said it is consulting on a statutory code to further improve access to care and standards for people with autism and ASD.