Policies are vital to translate research findings into practical, positive changes for autistic people
National policies relating to education, healthcare and access to support services can significantly impact on the lives of autistic people and their families. Development of these policies is a vital step in ensuring that research findings translate into meaningful change. At present, there is much variation in policies between European countries. We aim to identify existing autism policies, factors that improve or hinder their implementation, and any gaps in current policy across Europe. We will consider how these might be improved and harmonised.
We will collaborate with the autism representatives and the charities Autistica and Autism Europe to identify the issues that matter most to autistic people. This will ensure we include perspectives of autistic people and their families from across Europe.
1. Map the policies that are currently in place within countries across Europe
2. Develop a 10-point action plan that aims to improve and to harmonise policies across Europe
3. Begin discussions with policy makers to develop and implement policies that support autistic people