Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects a person's social interaction, behaviour, communication and how they experience the world around them.
Dudley Autism Partnership
The aim of the Dudley Autism Partnership is to raise the profile of adults with autism and Asperger syndrome and to ensure the delivery of better services to meet their needs.
The group also oversees the implementation of the Autism Strategy for the borough. The group is attended by representatives of Directorate of Adult, Community and Housing Services, Dudley Primary Care Trust, Children's Services, service users, carers and voluntary/independent sector.
Online awareness training
To help people learn more about autism the council has developed an online training programme. It is free and can be undertaken at any time.
The step-by-step guide explains what autism is and how it affects people’s behaviour and offers suggestions on how to deal with difficult situations.
There are two modules – About Autism and Helping People with Autism - each module takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Leisure and Recreation
Autism friendly screenings provide opportunities for people with autism or sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema.
- ODEON hosts autism friendly cinema screenings every month. For more information please visit ODEON.
- Showcase present Autism Friendly screenings in partnership with not-for-profit support provider, Dimensions. For more information please visit Showcase.
- Sunday mornings throughout the month there are a number of other cinemas showing autism friendly screenings in partnership with Dimensions.
Dudley Autism Strategy
Over the past year, we have delivered a range of online activities and engagement sessions with various groups that have an interest or role in supporting the Autism Strategy. We were especially interested to hear people’s views regarding the impact of Covid-19 on people with autism.
We delivered 5 online engagement events, coordinated by Dudley Voices for Choice (DVC). If you would like any further information about these events please contact Dudley Voices for Choice or call 01384 217057.
We are currently analysing feedback received and working on our Autism Strategy which we are planning to launch in September 2021.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments in relation to the below strategy please complete the survey for consideration by the Autism Partnership board prior as soon as possible before September 2021.