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HEALTHWATCH ISLE OF WIGHT LAUNCH AUTISM SURVEY

healthwatchlogoAs part of their current workplan, Healthwatch Isle of Wight are looking into the transition between children services to adult services for those with Autism.

This has been highlighted as an area of concern by Island residents during the annual priority setting session held last June.

‘Transition’ is the term that is used when people are preparing to move from children services to adult services. This can be an anxious time for the individual and also family members.

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Ideally transition planning would begin after a child turns 14 and a transition plan would be created, with input from the child and relevant family members.

Transition plans for children with autism will usually cover issues such as:

– Education and training
– Health
– Housing
– Transport
– Work
– Relationships
– Hobbies, sport and leisure activities

Healthwatch would like anyone that has been through or is currently going through the transition period, either as a family member or an individual with Autism to complete the transition survey and provide them with vital information as to how transition is currently managed.

They would also like to hear from anyone who is concerned that transition planning should have begun but has not.

Your feedback can help influence and improve services on the Island.  The survey can be accessed by visiting www.healthwatchisleofwight.co.uk or calling 01983 608608.

Hard copies of the survey are available upon request. The survey closes on 28th February 2015.

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