18th December 2019

Image: Core capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People.Earlier this year we released our Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People, since its release we’ve received some fantastic endorsements and statements of support. You can read a few of these below:

I’m delighted that our members have contributed to the framework and that it recognises the importance of communication and language for autistic people and how speech and language therapists can support them. Person-centred care, inclusive and accessible communication, and a multi-disciplinary approach are all at the heart of our profession and this is reflected throughout the document. This framework will help set standards for the skills, knowledge and capabilities of speech and language therapists as well as the wider workforce in years to come.”

Kamini Gadhok MBE, Chief Executive Officer
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

This framework sets clear and achievable guidelines for all primary care staff. It will help staff improve equitable access to services for autistic people and their families”.

Dr Carole Buckley FRCGP
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Autism clinical representative

As a practising clinician as well as RCPsych Autism Champion I am aware that lack of training and understanding about Autism for health and social care staff creates major stresses for Autistic people, their families and supporters and for staff of all types. I am aware that many staff in many services not only seek training but have increasingly attended training in recent years. One of the difficulties for staff and particularly for organisations employing those staff is how does this training fit together, what has been addressed in one training activity or another and where are the gaps. The creation and publication of this framework will greatly assist in that process including how people can include their experiential learning into that framework. I therefore strongly support its uptake by all organisations including those responsible for educating and training staff from post-school level (including where relevant undergraduate level) onwards as well as those delivering health or social care services.”

Dr Ian Davidson FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist and Autism Champion,
The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Autism Alliance are delighted to have been part of the working group which created the new Autism Core Capabilities Framework. This framework will be a key driver in creating a better future for people on the autism spectrum. Despite the Autism Act and Strategy, many staff in statutory agencies and wider have not yet received adequate training to support people effectively. This can now be addressed with thousands of autistic people across the country benefiting from smoother pathways and services facilitated by better-informed staffing support. 

As a group of 17 national charities, we are committed to supporting the implementation of this framework across the country.”

Debra Harrison-Sales, CEO Autism Hampshire / Executive member of the Autism Alliance

The National Autistic Society has campaigned for many years for a better understanding of autism. We are pleased to have played a part in developing this vital framework, which will help make sure that duties on health and care staff in the Autism Act statutory guidance are followed. This framework has been created alongside autistic people and their families and is a leading example of co-production. We hope it makes a big impact and makes sure that autistic people and their families get the understanding and support from health and care professionals.”

Tim Nicholls, Head of Policy and Public Affairs
The National Autistic Society

As a relatively new organisation, the National Autistic Taskforce is pleased to have been part of the development of the new Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People. Wholly run by autistic people, NAT seeks to draw on the collective knowledge and experience of autistic adults to inform and improve care and support, especially for autistic adults whose own voices are rarely heard. This ground-breaking framework has been written in genuine collaboration between autistic people, those with family members who are autistic, professionals from the autism field and professionals with broad experience of health and social care. As a result, this framework stands out by supporting the workforce across the public sector with relevant knowledge of practical strategies and genuine empathy with autistic perspectives. We hope the framework will be widely adopted and integrated into workforce development right across the public sector.”

Dr Yo Dunn, National Autistic Taskforce Executive

This feels like autism from the inside, too often official documents describe autism from the outside with a total lack of insight. It is obvious autistic people were thoroughly involved in the production of this framework.”

Consultation Survey Respondent

The Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People and People with a Learning Disability is now available to view and download here.