Extra £7m to Support All-Wales Autism Service

An extra £7m has been allocated by the Welsh Government to support autism services in Wales, bringing the total funding to £13m until 2021.

The money, which has been welcomed by Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, is for the National Integrated Autism Service and has been announced to coincide with Autism Awareness Week.

Wales is the first part of the UK to create a national service to provide lifetime support to children and adults with autism, and their families.

The innovative service, which will be rolled out across the country by 2018, will provide new adult diagnostic services, support for families and carers, help with transition from child to adult provision and training for professionals.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: “The Welsh Government has long demonstrated its continued commitment to support people with autism, as well as their families.”

“In 2008, Wales became the first country in the world to introduce an autism strategy and within the last 12 months, a number of policies and initiatives have been implemented to help ensure people receive high quality support, wherever they live in Wales.”

“To coincide with Autism Awareness Week, the latest announcement of an additional £7m funding will further improve services for people of all ages living with autism.”