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Autism Assessment and Diagnosis

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Autism Diagnosis is in the news and across the media once again. NAS have sent an open letter to Rishi Sunak on the wait times for an Autism Assessment.

As you will be aware Anna Kennedy has campaigned for many years on autism diagnosis and the importance of early intervention. Promises are made however, very little action. Anna Kennedy OBE Founder of autism services and National Autism Charity Anna Kennedy Online is flooded with message across social media and through the charity about wait times for an assessment for an autism diagnosis for their children. Parents are complaining of waiting between two and five years for a diagnosis for their child, and it is very much a “postcode lottery”.

Recently Anna read an article that in central London families were waiting over a year for just for a referral diagnosis appointment, despite waiting time guidelines of three months. Anna share’s the Government has yet to complete past Health Secretaries vow to look at starting to officially record the figures. Anna was told that there were complex reasons for the delays, including increased demand for the assessment which had increased “significantly” in the last few years due to wider awareness about autism.

More families may believe their children are on the spectrum due to charities like Anna Kennedy Online forging ahead to raise awareness and acceptance. Anna shares the access to special needs services, which includes an educational psychologist’s report and a limited amount of free speech and language therapy on the NHS, appeared to be a “post code lottery”.

Not all local authorities, health or education services provided equally strong support according to the parents she spoke to. Waiting a long time for a diagnosis meant a window for early intervention could be missed…

“It has an impact on the child, it has an impact on the school, which doesn’t know what they are dealing with. It has an impact on the siblings, and obviously the family.”. While some parents Anna has spoken to over the years campaigning did avoid seeking a “label”, others told Anna of being dismissed.

Please see a click here to see a letter to Rishi Sunak from the CEO of the National Autistic Society sharing 88 000 families are on the waiting list for an assessment.

You have the opportunity to end the autism diagnosis crisis in your Spring Statement, by allocating the urgent funding that the NHS in England needs to both increase the number of assessments carried out and tackle the backlog. No one should have to wait years for a life-changing autism diagnosis.

Anna Kennedy OBE, Chairperson

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