I am new to this site. I have been working in an integrated commissioning role since summer where we are trying to improve the outcomes for people in Kent with Autism.
One of the areas of my remit is around workforce development and a component of that is to set up a local Autism professionals network, and as I have come into contact with people working in the criminal justice system, academia, social care, health, education and the voluntary sector who have a lead responsibility for Autism.
Has anyone heard of anything similar elsewhere in the UK so I could speak to them and find out any learning?
Does anyone have any thoughts about how we meaningfully involve people with Autism? We have some existing networks for this purpose but I am wondering if and how we should involve them in the network. Part of me thinks that (unless they are actually professionals themselves) we don't need the involvement of autistic peeople, as it is a professionals network, but another part of me thinks that any network or group with an aim of supporting people should involve representation from that very group! What are your thoughts?
Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions, and Happy New Year!