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People with autism are being left out in the cold

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Did you know the government has an autism strategy, and in fact has had one for the last ten years? Even better, it’s being extended this year to cover children and young people for the first time. That’s a welcome, but sadly all too rare, sign of progressive policymaking in today’s Britain.

But wait just one minute, I hear you say, there’s not a lot of point extending a policy if it’s about as worthwhile as a broken down Austin Allegro (you’ll find details of how bad those things were in one of those books about crap cars that usually emerge at Christmas time).

So is it? Um…

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The inspiration for writing this is a government report, released to little fanfare at the back end of this week. As you might guess, there is a good reason for that because the picture it paints is a less than happy one.

The report contains the results of an exercise that saw local authorities, as the lead agencies for implementing the strategy, health commissioners, supporting statutory bodies, and local autistic residents and carers being asked to review progress.

In just one of the eight sections of the authorities’ self-assessments – housing and accommodation – was the document able to highlight improvement,........

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