Thank you to those who took part in the consultation. The report, record of decision and final approved strategy are in the 'Summary of Results' section below. 

You may also wish to view the Autism Pathway for Adults which is available here.


Original consultation text:


In 2009 the first disability specific piece of legislation came into force – the Autism Act which required the Secretary of State to issue a national strategy to improve services for people with autistic spectrum conditions. The following year the National Autism Strategy, Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives was published which required Local Authorities to develop a local plan for people with autism.

In the autumn of 2014 an autism partnership board was established – the Kent Autism Collaborative.  This was modelled on the Dementia Collaborative and comprised representatives from Social Care, Health, Education, the Voluntary Sector and Academia. It was recognised that whilst Kent had taken action to develop new specialist services, an autism strategy was needed to set out a plan for the future. 

Draft strategy

The collaborative has produced a draft strategy.  The strategy primarily addresses the needs of adults with autism who do not have a co-occurring learning disability (including people diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome) who live in Kent or are the responsibility of KCC. It mainly focuses on those aged over 18 years but issues relating to young people in transition are also included.

Have your say

We would like to hear your views on the draft strategy which is available to download from the 'Consultation Documents' section below. We will use your feedback to help produce the final version of the strategy by December 2016 and a more detailed action plan based on the agreed strategic objectives contained in the strategy.

Please take part in the online questionnaire which can be found under the 'Respond to this Consultation' section. Alternatively, fill in a hard copy and return it to: Sensory and Autism Services,  2nd Floor Kroner House, Eurogate, Ashford, TN24 8XU (or contact 03000 418100 or sensoryandautism@kent.gov.uk to request a FREEPOST envelope).

Alternative formats

To request hard copies of any of the consultation documents, or for any other formats, please email: alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call: 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.


This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    16 Sep 2016 at 08:00
  • Closed
    13 Nov 2016 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    30 Aug 2018


Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Dover
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Medway
  • Sevenoaks
  • Shepway
  • Swale
  • Thanet
  • Tonbridge & Malling
  • Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Accessibility, equalities and diversity
  • Adult social care
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details


Sensory and Autism Services,  2nd Floor Kroner House, Eurogate, Ashford, TN24 8XU

03000 418100