Akib Qadir from Birmingham has been getting involved with what's happening in his home city. Over the past few months he has met with Birmingham's autism lead and has been writing a report on his personal experiences of diagnosis and trying to access support
At their meeting this month the Birmingham Autism Partnership Board discussed his report and the recommendations for change that he proposed. They are going to use this to strengthen and improve the local strategy that they are now drafting. They have also invited Akib to play a leading role in the public consultation they will be carrying out on their local strategy in the new year.
Akib has also now approach by a member of the National Programme Board who is keen to hold a similar discussion on his report at a national level.
Commenting on his success with the Partnership Board, Akib said "It's really good to be involved in the heart of the decision making process as no decision about autism must be made with out us."