The Isle of Wight Council and partners are seeking input from Islanders with autism and/or learning disabilities to help update local strategies.

The Isle of Wight Autism Partnership Board and the Isle of Wight Learning Disability Partnership Group want to improve people’s lives, help them be heard, be safe and feel confident to be an active part of their community and be involved in service planning.

2 previous strategies are now complete and are being revised based on local needs and new national policies.

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The Isle of Wight Living Well with a Learning Disability Strategy (2018-2021) and the Isle of Wight Joint Strategy for Children, Young People and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2014-2019) ) should be updated to ensure they are relevant and of value to local people.

Local partners have been involved in the co-production of a survey including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the council, People Matter IW, Healthwatch, Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Autism InclusionMatters.

The survey aims to find out people’s experiences with services on the island and what can be improved.

Councilor Karl Love, Cabinet Member for Adult Welfare, said:

“We really want to hear from Islanders with autism or learning disabilities, their families and supporters, the people who help care for and support them, so that we can ensure inclusiveness and that the actions we take are consistent with the needs and aspirations of our community. .

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“The survey is anonymous and will be used to shape our Island’s strategy and priorities over the coming years. This is really a very important consultation, and I will read your comments and my teams will respond to your needs as much as possible as the strategies are developed.

The survey can be completed online. Copies of the survey will also be available at libraries on the island or can be picked up from County Hall. If you would like assistance in completing this survey, you can contact:

  • People Matter IW if you have a learning disability on 01983 685348 who will arrange a call back.
  • Autism Inclusion Matters (AIM) if you are an autistic person by SMS or WhatsApp 07498500607 or by email [email protected] or message their Facebook page @aimisleofwight.

More information, including background and survey, can be found at

The survey is open for comments until May 31, 2022.

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If you have any questions about the survey or need a printed version, contact Jessica Entwistle by email [email protected].

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