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What laws are there about autism?

The Autism Act 2009 was passed in November 2009. 
 
The Autism Act 2009 makes provision about the needs of adults on the autism spectrum and is the first ever disability-specific legislation to be passed in the UK.

In March 2010 the Government produced an adult autism strategy: “Fulfilling and rewarding lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England.” This sets out the strategy for meeting the needs of adults on the autism strategy in England by improving the provision of relevant services by local authorities and the NHS.

The Government is currently consulting on the guidance under which this strategy will be upheld and this is due to be in place by December 2010. Local authorities and the NHS will be legally obliged to adhere to this guidance. If they don’t, you will be able to take them to court.

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Click here to read the Government’s adult autism strategy “Fulfilling and reward lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England”

For details about the Autism Act 2009 visit the NAS website