To coincide with World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April 2014, the government announced their publication of the revised adult autism strategy for England - for the first time this includes ring-fenced money.
As part of the new initiative, coined ‘Think Autism’, the Government will put £4.5 million of revenue and capital funding towards an Innovation Fund and a community led awareness programme.
The innovation fund will support the development and replication of new services. The Awareness programme will help build understanding among the professionals working with people with autism and among the general public, and to make communities more autism-friendly. The government will publish more details on how councils, charities and local groups can apply for the funding by the end of June 2014.
Read the government's full Think Autism report
Read the NAS guide to Think Autism
Date added: 4th April 2014