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Autistic Adolescents

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what plans exist for developing more sheltered communities such as Somerset Court, High-bridge Somerset and Raby Hall, Wirral which plan to provide life long care for the autistic mentally handicapped;(2) in the area of Wessex Regional Health Authority (

a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescents aged from 16 years

onwards, ( b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and ( c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults;

(3) in the area of Oxford Regional Health Authority ( a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescent aged from 16 years onwards, ( b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and ( c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults;

(4) in the area of South-Western Regional Health Authority ( a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescent aged from 16 years onwards, ( b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and ( c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in the area of Northern Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of autistic adolescents of 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in the area of Yorkshire Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of autistic adolescents of 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in the area of Trent Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of autistic adolescents for 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what planes exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in the area of East Anglia Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of autistic adolescents of 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) in the area of North-West Thames Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescents aged from 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults;(2) in the area of the North-East Thames Regional Health Authority (

a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescents aged from 16 years onwards, ( b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and ( c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) in the area of South-West Thames Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescents aged from 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults;(2) in the area of South-East Thames Regional Health Authority (

a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescents aged from 16 years onwards, ( b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped,

and ( c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in the area of West Midlands Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescent aged from 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in the area of Mersey Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescent aged from 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in the area of North-Western Regional Health Authority (a) what provision is being made for the special needs of the autistic adolescent aged from 16 years onwards, (b) what plans exist for the provision of hostel accommodation for the autistic mentally handicapped, and (c) what plans exist for the development of training facilities in special workshops for autistic adolescents and adults.

Somerset Court and Raby Hall are run by voluntary organisations, and I understand that at least one other such organisation, a local society for autistic children, is planning another, simmilar community.Health authorities and local authority social services departments do not usually provide accommodation or training facilities which are exclusive to autistic adolescents or adults, but I am obtaining information about current provision and plans and will publish this in the

Official Report as soon as possible.

I am considering whether there is any advice which my Department could usefully give authorities on the provision of services.