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The Autism Alliance UK and Autism East Midlands are delighted to announce the regional launch of its national Know Your Rights Campaign held at Sutherland House School, 9th April 2019.

The Autism Alliance are concerned that Community Care Assessments are being carried out be people lacking the expertise to undertake such assessments and using tools that are inappropriate. At the end of 2018 the alliance asked autistic people and their families/carers to tell them about their experiences with Local Authority Care Needs Assessments. At the same time, Local Authorities were asked about how they carry out assessments for autistic people, to see if they are complying with the legal duties laid out in the Autism Act of 2009 and the Care Act of 2014.

We found that:
80% of autistic people told us that they needed more information on their rights.
Two thirds of Local Authorities told us they were not using autism specific assessment tools
75% of Local Authorities offered their staff less than a day’s training on autism- you cannot understand the complex nature of autism and how it presents across the spectrum in 1 day.

The law is very clear and the Autism Alliance have developed tools for both local authorities and autistic people and their families/carers, to help them ensure that assessments are following the law. The Autism Alliance is launching the Know Your Rights Campaign in London on the 4th April.

The 9th April is the campaigns East Midlands regional launch, hosted by Autism East Midlands. The launch will be held at the charities Sutherland House School between 1pm and 6pm with a mini lecture being hosted at 2pm on Understanding Sensory Issues in Autism. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Know Your Rights Campaign East Midlands Launch
Tuesday 9th April, 1pm-6pm
Mini Lecture at 2pm, Understanding Sensory Issues in Autism
Sutherland House School, Autism East Midlands, Bath Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG1 1DA

to book your place email: bookings@autismeastmidlands.org.uk

For more information on the campaign please visit: https://www.autism-alliance.org.uk/act4autism/