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(UK) N.Tyneside: Call for improved autism services; 'numbers expected to rise'

Aug 13, 2023, Chronicle Live: North Tyneside health body appeals to public to help improve Autism services https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/autism-spectrum-disorder-north-tyneside-27489459

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North Tyneside health bosses have responded to public calls to improve Autism support and services.
Healthwatch North Tyneside, an independent health watchdog, is appealing to the public for feedback on how people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be better provided for. The organisation has launched an online questionnaire to gauge people's experiences from diagnosis waiting times to specialist support provision….

Paul Jones, director of Healthwatch North Tyneside said: "Residents of North Tyneside have told us that support for autistic people can be improved.

"Our survey gives autistic people, their families, friends and carers the opportunity to tell us what is working well and what could be better about autism diagnosis and support in North Tyneside."

According to documents from North Tyneside Council, there are an estimated 2,265 people in the area living with ASD. In 2021, the official number of people with the condition known to the local authority's social care team sat at 186.

In January 2021, a further 481 children were diagnosed with ASD and required some form of education and health plan. These numbers are expected to rise over the next five to fifteen years.


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