World Autism Acceptance Week has begun! Running until 8 April, this annual awareness-raising week promotes how we can help create a society that works for autistic people.

Visit the National Autistic Society’s 2024 Acceptance Week webpage to find out more about how you can get involved.

Read our previous reconsideration of the autism narrative article to learn how neurodiversity is a difference, not a deficit.

Can you help shape the future of Autism Services?

To mark this week, the county council is launching a public consultation on behalf of the East Sussex Autism Partnership Board.

It encourages autistic people who live and work in East Sussex, and their support networks, to share their views on the range of services, facilities, and opportunities available across the county.

This includes experiences of health and care services, transport, housing, education, and the availability of employment and volunteering opportunities.

The information will be used to develop an autism action plan for all ages.

The East Sussex Autism Action Plan

The action plan will support autistic people of all age groups in East Sussex. Aiming to shape and improve the available services for autistic residents.

The county council is doing this to promote the voice of the autistic community and highlight the priority areas that are important for autistic people.

Take part

The survey closes on 10 June.

You can give feedback using the following methods:

  • Share your views online
  • Call 07745 106 727
  • Write to Bernadette van Gaalen, Autism Project and Engagement Manager, East Sussex County Council, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1UE.

Paper copies of the survey can also be requested via email or phone, and completed surveys can be returned using the pre-paid envelope provided.