Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Scottish Strategy for Autism (2011)

What is this?

​This is a 10-year national strategy for autism that addresses the entire autism spectrum and the whole lifespan of people living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Scotland.

It includes a summary of the strategy (including vision, values, goals and indicators of best practice), detail of the evolution of the strategy, the strategic context, related policy and recommendations.

Who is this for?

​Local authority lead officers and those with a strategic role in the authority; managers in schools.

​Explore this approach

The Scottish Strategy for Autism was created to ensure that progress is made across Scotland in delivering quality services for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of what autism is and the challenges which individuals with the condition and their families face in everyday life. It then describes how the autism strategy will address their needs over the next 10 years.

Chapter 2 explains the context behind each of the recommendations and why these are critical to success. 

How to use this self-evaluation approach to improve practice

The 10 indicators for current best practice in the provision of effective ASD services which are detailed in the strategy may be a useful starting point when using the strategy for improvement purposes. These indicators include:

  • a need for a local autism strategy;
  • a process for ensuring a means of easy access to useful and practical information;
  • and a process for collecting data and a multi-agency care pathway.

Self-evaluation approach

This resource will help local authority lead officers reflect on their current practice around ASD and determine whether they are strategically planning to meet the needs of this group in the longer term.


PDF file: The Scottish Strategy for Autism (856 KB)