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AMASE

Autistic Mutual Aid Society, Edinburgh

Date: 2018-01-14 To: Autism Network Scotland, Maureen Watt (Minister for Mental Health) and the Scottish Government Autism policy team

We are an autistic-led group based in Edinburgh: the Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh (AMASE). We welcome the Scottish Government’s latest public consultation on its Scottish Strategy for Autism, but we have some serious concerns about the way it has been conducted, particularly in its accessibility and efforts to include autistic people.

We have created a list of suggestions that we’d like to highlight regarding this and future consultations, that we hope the Scottish Government will take onboard when assessing the results of this consultation, and when planning the next one.

We believe that practising the idea of ‘nothing about us without us’ in events and consultations relating to autistic populations is vital here. Autistic individuals should always be specifically consulted, and consultations should be made accessible taking into account autistic needs. We believe the latest consultation has fallen short in this regard, but we hope that there can be a positive dialogue with the autistic community in Scotland in taking the strategy forward.

Signatories:

Sonya Hallett & Fergus Murray, representing AMASE (Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh) Contact email: info@amase.org.uk

Kabie Brook, for and on behalf of ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland)