Scottish Strategy for Autism Future Priorities Consultation

The Scottish Strategy for Autism is being reviewed and Autism Network Scotland are facilitating four national consultation events which can be attended by autistic young people, adults, parents and carers. This consultation will help shape what the new priorities will be from April 2018. Your contribution to this process is vital.

The consultation will provide:

  • An overview of The Scottish Strategy – now and in the future
  • An opportunity to say what is working well and what needs to improve, so that the Strategy makes a real impact on the quality of life of individuals with autism and their families.

You can choose to attend any one of these four events regardless of your location.

Edinburgh – Wednesday 22nd November 2017. Walpole Hall (known as ‘A Sense of Some Place’), Palmerson Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW

 Aberdeen – Friday 1st December 2017. Curl Aberdeen, Eday Walk, Aberdeen, AB15 6LN 

Inverness – Tuesday 5th December 2017. Jury’s Inn Hotel, Millburn Road, Inverness, IV2 3TR

 Glasgow – Wednesday 13th December 2017, The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE



10:15am – 10:30am – Registration teas & coffees

10:30am – 10:45am – Scottish Government overview. Strategy achievements & why we are here.

Divided into table discussions with a facilitator from Scottish Government or Autism Network Scotland

10:45am -11:10am – How can we ensure autistic people and their families enjoy healthier lives?

11:10am -11:35am – How can we ensure autistic people have proper choice and control over the services they use and in their lives more generally?

11:35am -11:50pm – Refreshment Break

11:50pm -12:15pm – What can we do to ensure autistic people can live independently?

12:15pm – 12:40pm – How can we ensure autistic people are active citizens, fully integrated and be able to participate in their communities and society?

12:40pm -1:00pm – Q&A for the final question ‘What one single thing could the Scottish Government do to improve autistic people’s lives?

If you would like to attend, please register at your chosen region as soon as possible:

Edinburgh – click here

Aberdeen – click here

Inverness – click here

Glasgow – click here

Iris Grace and Thula

Iris Grace is a little girl on the autism spectrum. She has a talent for painting, and a cat called Thula. Between them, painting and Thula have made a dramatic difference to Iris Grace’s life.


With imagination, love and consistent support, this shows what’s possible for autistic people:

Bill and his son, Chris, are challenging the stereotypes of autism and bringing hope to other families coping with the disorder.(Via

Posted by Upworthy on Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Donald Grey Triplett: The first boy diagnosed as autistic

Here’s an inspiring and moving story from the BBC that shows how life turned out for the very first person diagnosed with autism. It underpins the importance of a supportive community.

Social skills and Neurodevelopment in Autism

Here’s a really useful video for those of you interested in autism. It’s a summary of recent research in neuroscience about how brain development in autistic people affects social ability. It’s a recording of a webinar that includes several leading researchers in the field. The sound is a bit poor in places, but it doesn’t distract from how illuminating the discoveries are.