Stan­dar­d­is­ing austism ser­vices

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

÷ 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 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.

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