Directory launched to help with autism

LAUNCH: Angus Council officers Fiona Rennie, Susan Duff and Hazel Robertson are pictured here with Social Work and Health Convener Councillor Glennis Middleton (extreme right) and Bill Troup, NHS senior manager for mental health services across Angus, at the launch of the autism directory.
LAUNCH: Angus Council officers Fiona Rennie, Susan Duff and Hazel Robertson are pictured here with Social Work and Health Convener Councillor Glennis Middleton (extreme right) and Bill Troup, NHS senior manager for mental health services across Angus, at the launch of the autism directory.

Angus Council and NHS Tayside have launched a directory detailing services for people with autism.

The directory contains information on a range of services locally and nationally which are available to children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

It also outlines services that are also available to parents and carers of people with ASD.

Angus Council Convener of Social Work and Health, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “There are seven sections within the directory covering such topics as local social work, specialist education services, support groups and short breaks.

“We hope that the introduction of this directory is helpful for individuals who are seeking out details of support available in Angus and also nationally for people with autism.”

Bill Troup, senior manager for mental health services across Angus, added: “The introduction of this directory for professionals and members of the public is most positive.

“It clearly lays out what is available and there may be some services that individuals weren’t aware of to date that would support people with the condition.

“Professionals will also be able to use it as a helpful handbook.”

To ensure that this directory is both useful and relevant, it includes services specifically designed for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

It also includes details of services which may not be exclusively for people with ASD but are relevant to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The directory can be found on www.angus.gov.uk/asddirectory.

In addition to this directory, the National Autistic Society (NAS) has an online directory of services that are autism-friendly, this is available at www.autism.org.uk/directory