The Scottish Government recently announced measures to increase support for individuals with autism and improve public understanding of the condition. The announcement was made in the wake of the World Autism Awareness Week 2019 (April 1st to April 7th).
A 'National Autism Implementation Team' in collaboration with Queen Margaret University is set to make improvements in the diagnosis and care pathways for autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The Government will be working with the charity ‘Inspiring Scotland’ to improve the public perception of autism and encourage society to view autism as a 'different way of thinking' rather than a disorder. They will also work with another autism charity ‘Scottish Autism’ to enhance the support provided to individuals who have recently been diagnosed with autism and their families.
Clare Haughey, the Scottish Minister for Mental Health, said: "We want Scotland to be an inclusive society in which everyone can play a full role and we are absolutely committed to changing attitudes and to showing the positive contributions that people with autism can make."