Graham Anderson is an Autism Improvement Officer with Autism Network Scotland, and is exploring what needs to be done to ensure autistic parents and parents of autistic people are better supported. He wants to liaise with parents to discuss their experiences of post-diagnostic support and the availability and effectiveness of current provision so that he can prepare a report for Scottish Government that will focus on two things; what services are currently being delivered, and what needs to be done to ensure autistic parents and parents of autistic people are better supported.

This is an opportunity to influence and improve the support received by parents and to contribute to the Scottish Government’s aim to achieve the following points in the National Strategy for Autism:

  • Scottish Government will work with partners to develop a National Post-Diagnostic Support Toolbox which pulls together information on all the local resources available to autistic people and their families
  • We will explore what needs to be done to ensure autistic parents are better supported.
  • We will support national autism public awareness campaigns to improve how autistic people and their families’ needs are met and understood within their communities and across all aspects their lives.
  • We recognise that social isolation is an issue for many autistic people and their families. We want everyone to have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, status, circumstance or identity, and we will work with partners to reduce social isolation in the autistic population

If you are willing to contribute then please get in touch with Graham, who will make an arrangement at your convenience. His contact details are

graham.anderson@strath.ac.uk, 07976834800.