Autism Cymru's primary task has been to seek to influence and develop a strategic vision for autism in Wales at national, regional and local levels. It is playing a significant role, along with other agencies, in the development of the world's first government-led national strategy for autism. The draft strategy will go out to consultation in the summer of 2006.
Partnerships and Collaborations
Autism Cymru works in partnership with national, regional and local agencies to develop strategies for autism, carry out research, identify service needs, spread good practice and deliver education and training.
It has a Partnership Agreement with Autism Northern Ireland (PAPA) and is seeking to establish further national partnerships within and outside the United Kingdom.
Education and training
Autism Cymru operates a national education and training programme which is open to practitioners, parents and people with autism. As part of the programme it organises a biennial international conference in Cardiff, Wales when it plays host to autism experts from around the world.
Autism Cymru is currently rolling out The Inclusive Schools and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) project to local education authorities in Wales to create 'Autism Ambassadors' in every single primary school in participating LEAs throughout Wales.
It has also established three school fora - for secondary schools, primary schools and special schools - to address topics such as work experience, education plans, statements and the national curriculum.
Research and Publications
Autism Cymru supports and participates in research into autism and is currently leading and co-ordinating the development of a Welsh Autism Research Centre. It regularly publishes books about autism for professionals, parents and children. Where appropriate these books are published in both English and Welsh.
Autism Cymru owns and operates www.awares.org - the All Wales Autism Resource - a bilingual website which provides information about autism for people in Wales. AWARes has around 16,000 genuine visitors every month. It also manages www.autismconnect.org - the worldwide portal for autism which has over 35,000 members.