‘Help me improve services for families affected by autism’

andrew rendleANDREW RENDLE, pictured left, wants to hear from those in Croydon affected by autism, to share their experiences of the services they receive

After I was elected to the council in May, I was honoured to be made the deputy cabinet member for people and communities which among over things covers health and adult social care. I was delighted also to be made Croydon’s champion for autism.

The champion role is something I wanted from the moment I decided to stand for election in Ashburton. As the father of a four-year-old who has been diagnosed with ASD and another on the waiting list to be diagnosed, it’s a subject I have immersed myself in. With the support of the new administration, I want to make Croydon a flagship borough in helping those on the spectrum, and their carers.

I’ve had numerous meetings with charities, educators, NHS professionals, council staff and front-line service providers to see best practice in many places, but also to find the gaps in services. I am on my own fact-finding exercise and when complete the work, I hope to host an autism forum where issues can be discussed and plans drawn up.

I also have my own ideas for events and services that can make ASD provisions in Croydon the envy of other boroughs, but I want to find out more from people who, like me, live with autism day-in, day-out.

I am asking therefore for anyone with a diagnosis of ASD, parent or carer, to get in touch and let me know where Croydon has got it right or wrong. Autism is a spectrum and I want to hear from all points on the scale and from all ages. I want to know about the services you use, where you think the gaps are and how you think things can be made better.

I can be emailed at andrew.rendle@croydon.gov.uk or you can write to me c/o Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR0 1NX

I look forward to lots of reading.

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1 Response to ‘Help me improve services for families affected by autism’

  1. sed30 says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    A worthy cause

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