Donington mum plays big role in autism plan

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The experience of a Donington mother is helping to form a new action plan on caring for autistic adults in Lincolnshire.

Janet Corcoran, secretary of Lincolnshire Autistic Society, played a leading role in drawing up an online survey that Lincolnshire County Council and NHS Lincolnshire will use to create an Adults with Autism strategy for the county.

Mrs Corcoran, whose son Ross (35) has autism, advised on questions for the survey as a member of Lincolnshire Autism Partnership, a group including people with autism, carers, voluntary groups and professionals advising on the strategy.

She said: “The transition from children to adult autistic services has always been very problematic and a source of great stress for parents.

“Very few services exist for adults with autism as they either have to be suffering from a mental health problem or a learning disability.

“But many autistic adults have neither of these problems and numbers of adults with autism have never been recorded in Lincolnshire.

“When the Autism Act was passed in 2010, every local authority had to put certain things in place and we very much hope this consultation results in a strategy that will bring about changes for autistic adults in Lincolnshire.”

Anyone with a personal or professional interest in autism can complete the survey online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/autismsurvey before March 22.