Grants of around £300,000 have been awarded to autism organisations in Scotland in a drive to develop services for those affected by the condition.
Sixteen organisations will benefit from the funding. Richmond Fellowship Scotland, which provides community-based services, will receive nearly £85,000, Perth Autism Support will get £11,000 for its children and family support services and Barnardo’s Intensive Behaviour Support Service will receive over £10,000.
Nine local autism coordinators are also being recruited. Their role will be to assess local provision for autism and make recommendations to develop services.
The funding awards are part of the Scottish Government’s £13.4 million autism strategy, developed in association with local authorities in the country, which was announced in November 2011.