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Gaps in autism provision: an interview with Professor Tommy MacKay

Professor Tommy MacKay is a leading psychologist whose principal clinical specialism is autism. He is Clinical Director of the National Diagnosis and Assessment Service for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, a member of the Scottish Government’s ASD Reference Group and Co-Founder of the National Centre for Autism Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Professor MacKay kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when he attended the XI Autism-Europe International Congress hosted by the National Autistic Society in 2016.

In this video Professor MacKay discusses the gaps in autism provision, how they affect autistic people and what can be done to fill them.

You can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Download a PDF transcript of this interview

 

  1. Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism?
  2. Can you tell us about your current work?
  3. You've been involved in a study of the "escapable costs of autism". Can you explain what this is?
  4. Can you tell us what you feel are the gaps in service provision for autistic people? (part 1)
  5. Can you tell us what you feel are the gaps in service provision for autistic people? (part 2)
  6. What impact do gaps in service provision have on autistic people?
  7. What can be done to resolve gaps in service provision?

Date added: 23 February 2017