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Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve the services offered by his Department for people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome in the next 10 years. (181561)

The Department has set out in “Putting People First—a shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care” an ambitious and radical programme for independent living for all adults with support needs, including people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. This shared vision articulates the common aims and values that will guide the transformation of adult social care. The goal is that everyone—including people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome—will have the maximum choice, control and power over the support services they receive.

“Aiming high for disabled children: better support for families” similarly aims to integrate services to ensure that every disabled child can have the best start in life.

It is for local commissioners to ensure their populations benefit from improvements to the provision of care for people with autistic spectrum disorders and Aspergers syndrome, using the increasing resources this Government have made available for social care, based on their assessment of the needs of their local populations.