Autism Development Fund
The £13.4 million announced by the Minister for the Scottish Strategy has included funding of over £4.5 million towards an Autism Development Fund. The purpose of the Fund has been to encourage both local and national organisations to develop local projects to improve delivery of local autism services on the ground.
The geographical spread of organisations has ranged from the Borders to Shetland and the range of projects has included improvements to local services, employment support, training, early interventions, support to carers and support for transitions.
The Fund has been immensely successful, bringing benefits to many projects within small, local organisations such as schools and community groups.
This contributes to goal 4 of the Foundation stage by supporting local projects which provide post-diagnostic support for families and individuals.
The list of successful projects is set out in Annex 4