This memorandum was prepared by the National Audit Office at the request of the Public Accounts Committee. It looks at the progress made since the government published its adult autism strategy in March 2010.

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The National Audit Office reported on Supporting people with autism through adulthood in June 2009, making a range of recommendations aimed at achieving better outcomes for people with autism. Subsequently, the Committee of Public Accounts recommended that the Government should incorporate the NAO’s recommendations in its adult autism strategy, which was launched in March 2010.

This memorandum outlines the considerable progress that has been made in the two years since the Strategy was published. 24 of the 56 commitments in the Strategy have been implemented, and work has begun on most of the remaining commitments. However, less progress has been made in some areas, such as improving access to social care assessments, personal budgets and diagnostic services, which can all help adults with autism to access services and support.

July 2012