Can you help shape future Autism services?

AUTISTIC people and their support networks in East Sussex are being encouraged to share their views on the range of services, facilities, and opportunities available across the county.

To mark World Autism Acceptance Week, which runs from April 2 to April 8, the county council has launched a public consultation on behalf of the East Sussex Autism Partnership Board, which will help to develop an All Age Autism Action Plan.

Autistic people who live and work in East Sussex are encouraged to have their say about their experiences of health and care services, as well as transport, housing and education, and the availability and scope of employment and volunteering opportunities.

The East Sussex Autism Action Plan aims to shape and improve local services for Autistic residents, promote the voice of the Autistic community, and highlight the priority areas that are important for Autistic people.

Mark Stainton, Director of Adult Social Care and Health at East Sussex County Council, said: “Hearing about the experiences of our Autistic community will help us develop our action plan in a way that benefits everyone.

“The answers we receive will show us what is currently working well for Autistic residents and help us identify areas for improvement, so we can increase wellbeing and access to services for Autistic people.”

The action plan is being developed by the East Sussex Autism Partnership Board in response to the national All Age Autism Strategy.  It will support Autistic people of all age groups in East Sussex, from childhood to adulthood.

Mr Stainton added: “We are keen to hear from Autistic adults and young people, including people who self-identify as autistic and those who are on the waiting list for an assessment.

“I encourage members of our Autistic community and their parents and unpaid carers, as well as staff who work with Autistic people, to complete the survey.

“Sharing your insight and experiences will be hugely valuable in shaping future Autism services and priorities for East Sussex.”

The consultation closes at the end of the day on Monday, June 10, 2024.

People can find out more and take part in the consultation online by visiting

Residents can also give their feedback via email at, over the phone by calling 07745 106 727, or by writing to Bernadette van Gaalen, Autism Project and Engagement Manager, East Sussex County Council, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1UE.

Paper copies of the survey can also be requested via email or phone, and completed surveys can be returned using the pre-paid envelope provided.