Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government of a £3.4m boost on top of the £10m funding already committed towards the Scottish Government and COSLA’s Scottish Strategy for Autism to help improve diagnosis and support for people with autism and their families.

Linda said “I am delighted with this increase in funding. People with autistic spectrum disorders and their families need the support of a wide range of services like education, social care, the NHS housing and employment. It’s vital that all of these services work together effectively to provide integrated personalised support for people with ASD throughout their lives. 

“The strategy will give people with ASD access to the support, choices and control they require to participate in society as full and equal citizens.”

The funding package will be used to:

  • fund the recruitment of local autism co-ordinators to provide information, advice and support
  • support the Scottish Autism Services Network, which builds competence in the workforce to assist post diagnostic support
  • help people access social care services
  • create a development fund of £1 million per annum, for which both local and national organisations can apply
  • develop new one stop shop drop-in services for people with autism around Scotland

Linda also praised the work of ASD services in East Kilbride and in particular the Communication Support Base at Duncanrig Secondary School.

“I have been fortunate to be able to see first-hand the incredible work done by the staff at Duncanrig Secondary School who ensure that pupils with ASD reach their full potential.

“I recently submitted a motion to Parliament acknowledging the innovation shown by staff who used the school’s radio station to help pupils develop their communication skills.

“The additional funding along with skilled professionals, such as those at Duncanrig Secondary School, will enable those with ASD to fulfil their aspirations.”


Scottish Parliament Motion: The Rory MacFadyen Breakfast ShowS4M-01201 Linda Fabiani ? (Scottish National Party)
That the Parliament congratulates Rory MacFadyen from East Kilbride on his successful show for Radio Duncanrig, The Rory MacFadyen Breakfast Show, which recently featured at the Educational Showcase Stage at the 2011 Scottish Learning Festival; understands that Rory, who attends the communication support base at East Kilbride’s Duncanrig Secondary School, has used his experience at the school’s radio station to improve his communication skills; commends the staff at Duncanrig Secondary School for their innovation in finding new ways to assist their pupils and help them achieve their full potential, and praises the staff of BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show for supporting the school by producing a jingle for Rory’s show.
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