The adult autism strategy says it is essential that adults with autism and parents/carers are involved in the development of local services. It therefore recommends the setting up of local autism partnership boards (APBs), or a similar mechanism, that "brings together different organisations, services and stakeholders locally and sets a clear direction for improved services". (6.11-6.13).’Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives‘ The strategy for adults with autism in England, Department of Health, (2010)
The Autism Slough Partnership Board was set up to make sure that all of the actions in the Local Joint Autism Strategy (Joining the Dots 2014 – 2017) and its accompanying action plan happen.
Many other things are discussed at the partnership board to help make services better for adults with autism in Slough. The Board meets quarterly (every 3 months), sometimes we use action groups help the Board to do its work.
The wide ranging knowledge of people on the Board help us to look at the needs of people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and to create appropriate services, these currently include:
We also invite professionals from other neighbouring boroughs, the Criminal Justice Service, Drug And Alcohol Team, Emergency services including Police and Fire services.
To feed into the partnership board, there will be an advocacy run group for people with aspergers and autism spectrum condition to be able to give their views, this is called Spectrum Slough.