Calderdale Council has received the seal of approval for its support for children and young people with autism.
The council gained accreditation through the National Autistic Society for the top-rate level of care and specialised knowledge it offers to the 280 people living with ASD in the region, which helps them to reach their full potential.
The authority’s Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) team, which is made up of specialist teachers, outreach workers and support staff, spent two years working to achieve the status and have created a thorough framework to ensure they continue to provide a high level of service.
They provide training and advice to primary and secondary schools, children’s centres and other venues, to make sure youngsters can learn and take part in social activities and work towards independence.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Megan Swift, said:“It’s great news that we are now an accredited provider of support for young people with ASD and their families. It’s recognition of the great work that our ASD team continues to put in, and assurance for families that their children are receiving the best possible support and education.
“ASD is a lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with and relates to others. Our services give valuable information and advice to help young people achieve what they want to in life. We’re keen to raise awareness of ASD, so we work closely with Calderdale schools and other services to make sure they have the knowledge and skills they need to provide effective support.
“But we’re not complacent – a key part of the accreditation, and a top priority for us, is continuous improvement.”
To contact the Council’s ASD team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 394114.