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Green Light For Autism Service

A NEW strategy aimed at improving support services for people with autism has been backed by councilors. Stoke-on-Trent City Council's executive and members' board approved the joint NHS and local authority strategy at its meeting last night. The move paves the way for specialist diagnostic, assessment and support services to be set up for patients with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). The council and the city's primary care trust will also invest in a range of support services to help people with an ASD find work and live independent lives. Money will also be ploughed into training programmes for council and health workers to improve awareness of the conditions. the numbers and needs of people with an ASD in the city will be properly monitored. Commenting on the decision, Staffordshire Adult Autistic Society chairman Kevin Healey said: "It is great there will be a team in place to support those affected by ASD, as there as been a need for this for a long time."

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