What is the Autism Services Development Group?
The Autism Services Development Group (ASDG) is a multi-agency meeting whose aim is to improve access to better local services for all people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. It comprises of parents of people with autism and key staff in Social, Health and Education Services for both children and adults.
The National Autism Strategy requires local authorities to consult with and include service users, parents, carers and wider services in their plans and it is anticipated that the ASDG will support this function and develop membership by users and private and voluntary services in Tameside.
There are Autism Services Development Groups in each of the 10 Greater Manchester Authorities and they work strategically together to develop and improve local services. They link with each other across the region through the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium .
On 18 March 2010, Tameside’s ASDG created a PATH to shape future Autism provision within the borough. This document will inform the development of a local strategy for autism and help to ensure a co-ordinated and strategic approach to achieving positive outcomes and excellent support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. This runs until March 2012 when a new PATH will be completed.
Social Care and Carers Assessment
Social Care Assessment
Under the Care Act (2014) every individual, over the age of 18, living with Tameside has the right to request a social care assessment. This can be done by contacting the Integrated Urgent Care Team and speaking to the Duty Worker. The contact number for this is 0161 342 2400. More information can be found here.
You could be a Carer if you look after someone. The Department of Health classifies a Carer as someone who: “spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family or potentially friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. You have a right under the Care Act (2014) to request a Carers assessment. More information can be found here.