Standardising austism services
÷ SERVICES and supports for people with autism spectrum disorder can vary from robust, comprehensive and integrated to isolated, patchy and even ineffective, the HSE has admitted. Different approaches are evident across the nine community healthcare organisations, said the HSE’s chief officer, Tony Canavan. He was speaking as members of the public were asked to make submissions to a review of services by a working group. Submissions should be between 500 and 1,000 words and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 12. ÷ The working group has been asked to report by the end of this month. The future provision of services for children and adults with ASD must be in line with the Government’s commitment to mainstreaming. It means people with a disability have access to the same services as the general population, and also receive the appropriate support and intervention to address individual needs.