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In 2014 the Ministry of Health changed eligibility criteria for disability support services to include all people with autism, regardless of learning ability.
Demand for services by autistic people and their whānau are increasing and the disability workforce requires the necessary skills to deliver high quality support.
Autistic people are adamant that anyone working in disability support should have a basic of understanding of the autism spectrum and how it impacts on the person they are supporting.
Alongside that there is a clear need to enhance knowledge around supporting people without learning disabilities, individuals who may also be experiencing mental health issues and people with complex behaviour and communication needs across the lifespan.
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui has developed Te Tau Tītoki: A framework for supporting people on the autism spectrum to support organisations and individuals to provide services that meet the expectations of autistic people and whānau.
We will also be piloting an Autism Leadership Series in 2019 to support implementing the framework.
If you are a disability service provider or individual employer taking part in the System Transformation (ST) demonstration in MidCentral, register your interest now for this unique opportunity.