Helping improve autism recognition

The BPS is playing an important role in helping with the production of quality materials that can be used to help front-line staff better recognise adults with autism. Earl Howe of the Department of Health, who is also the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, noted the Society is one of a number of organisations consulted in an effort to assist workers in their efforts to respond more effectively to the needs of individuals with the condition.

Mr Howe was speaking in response to an issue raised by Baroness Browning in the House of Lords, who questioned the government on the assessment it has made with regard to the implementation of the Autism Act, as well as the subsequent autism strategy.

In addition to the Society, it was noted that the Royal Colleges of Nursing, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, GPs and Psychiatrists, the National Autistic Society and Skills for Care were also involved in the process.

This has resulted in the creation of a series of online training resources and booklets that aim to improve both understanding and awareness of autism.

These resources came at a cost of around half a million pounds and more than 6,200 people have undertaken modules one and two to date.

The Society's Learning Centre publishes elearning modules on adult autism. World Autism Awareness Day is being held on Monday 2 April 2012.