Consultation on developing a National Autism Strategy

Closed 10 Jun 2022

Opened 29 Apr 2022


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is writing a National Autism Strategy. This strategy will help us to improve the way we support our autistic population and their families, by making sure services are provided fairly, effectively, and where they will do the most good.

Please note: We are interested in all Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), including Asperger’s Syndrome. We use the words ‘autism’ and ‘autistic’ to mean anyone with any ASC, including Asperger’s – this is done to make the questions easier to read. We understand that not everyone on the spectrum feels the same or has the same needs, and we have no intention of stigmatising or overlooking any part of the community.

Why your views matter

We are asking these questions because we want to hear about the experiences, needs and values of autistic people of all ages (adults and children), so that we can better understand how to support you across the course of your life. If you are on the autism spectrum (or think you may be but haven’t been diagnosed), we want to hear from you. We also want to hear from carers, family and friends of autistic people.

By answering these questions, you will help us understand more about the needs of our autistic population, and how those needs can best be met. It is important that you tell us what you need and value most, so that we can write a National Autism Strategy that works.

How to respond

You can respond online on the Isle of Man Government Consultation Hub, by email to, or in writing to:

Amy Monroe,
Department of Health and Social Care,
First Floor
, Belgravia House,
Circular Road,
IM1 1AE. 

Telephone Number: 01624 685816.

If you would prefer to answer these questions in person, we will be holding drop-in sessions at the places listed below, where you will be able to get a paper copy of the questions and go through them with someone face-to-face.

  • Tuesday 3 May, 10am to 12pm - Autism Initiatives, Nunnery Howe, Old Castletown Road, Douglas
  • Monday 9 May 10.30am to 12.30pm - Autism Initiatives, The Oaks, May Hill, Ramsey
  • Thursday 12 May 5.30pm to 7.30pm - Autism Initiatives, Nunnery Howe, Old Castletown Road, Douglas
  • Tuesday 17 May, 4pm to 6pm – University College Isle of Man, Homefield Road, Douglas
  • Thursday 19 May, 1pm to 3pm - Centre 21, Greenfield Road, Douglas
  • Friday 20 May, 10am to 12pm – University College Isle of Man, Homefield Road, Douglas
  • Friday 27 May, 12pm – 2pm - Crossroads, Units B5 & B6 Eden Business Park, Cooil Road, Braddan

You can book a specific time-slot at any of these drop-in sessions by visiting the Eventbrite booking system. We will do our best to accommodate any special requirements – please contact for more information.

The deadline for responses is 00.00 Friday 10 June 2022.

What happens next

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your responses will help us to understand how we can create a truly autism friendly island.

We will combine all of the responses we get so that we can build a picture of what matters most to our autistic community as a whole. We will use this information as a guide while we write our National Autism Strategy, so that we can make sure it produces the biggest improvements for the greatest number of people possible.

We will publish the results of this consultation as a ‘You Said, We Did’ report no later than 29 August 2022.


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