Autism Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Document Number:2011 CHAPTER 27
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 09/08/2011
 
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An Act to amend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and to require an autism strategy to be prepared.

[9 th May 2011]

BE IT ENACTED by being passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly and assented to by Her Majesty as follows:

Amendment to Schedule 1 to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Amendment to Schedule 1 to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (c. 50)

  1. —(1) The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is amended in its application to Northern Ireland as follows.

    (2) At the end of paragraph 4(1) of Schedule 1 insert—

    “(i) taking part in normal social interaction; or

    (j) forming social relationships”

    The Autism Strategy

    Autism strategy

  2. —(1) The Department must prepare a strategy on autism to be known as the autism strategy and must publish the autism strategy not less than two years after the passing of this Act.

    (2) Before preparing the autism strategy, the Department must consult the Northern Ireland departments on it.

    (3) The Department must request every HSC trust to provide data on the prevalence of autism in its area in order—

    (a) that it can publish and update the strategy; and

    (b) that the Northern Ireland departments can effectively implement the strategy.

    (4) The HSC trusts must provide the Department with all information it requests under subsection (3).

    (5) The Department must keep the autism strategy under review and must publish a revised strategy at intervals of not more than seven years.

    (6) The Department must monitor the implementation of the autism strategy by the Northern Ireland departments.

    (7) The Northern Ireland departments must co-operate with the Department in relation to the preparation, review and implementation of the autism strategy.

    (8) The Northern Ireland departments must implement that part of the autism strategy which falls within their responsibilities and the Department must implement that part of the autism strategy which falls within its responsibilities.

    (9) Not more than three years after the publication of the autism strategy, and at intervals of no more than three years thereafter, the Department must prepare a report on implementation of the autism strategy by the Northern Ireland departments and the Department.

    (10) The Minister shall lay a report prepared by the Department under subsection (9) before the Assembly as soon as possible after its preparation.

    Content of the autism strategy

  3. —(1) The autism strategy must set out how the needs of persons with autism are to be addressed...

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