National Autism Team

The National Autism Team is funded by the Welsh Government and hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association, working in partnership with Public Health Wales. The Team provides support and guidance to help improve the lives of autistic people, their families and carers across Wales.

The Team’s four main work areas are:

  1. increasing awareness and understanding of autism;
  2. the development and promotion of resources for autistic people, parents, carers and professionals;
  3. delivering training and oversight; and
  4. support of the seven regional Integrated Autism Services across Wales.

The team works closely with the Welsh Government, local ASD leads within local authorities and health boards, key stakeholders and advisory groups.

The team currently consists of:

  • Frances Rees, National Autism Development Officer (South Wales)
  • Holly Roberts, Interim National Research and Improvement officer
  • Ieuan Rees, Interim Project Administrative Assistant
  • Linda Pilgrim, Administrative Support Officer
  • Sara Harvey, National Strategic Lead for Autism
  • Sioned Thomas, National Autism Development Officer (North Wales and Mid Wales)
  • Tracy Hinton, National Autism Development Officer
  • Wendy Thomas, National Professional Lead for Autism

ASDinfoWales website

Welsh Government Social Services and Integration Directorate aims to promote, protect and improve the health and well-being of everyone in Wales.

ASDinfoWales is the national website for Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) developed and maintained by the National Autism Team with our partners.  Here you'll find information about autism, service details, training resources and updates on the implementation of the ASD Strategic Action Plan for Wales.

There are a range of free, easily accessible resources that can be shared with autistic people, their family/carers and professionals working with autistic children and adults. 

The resources are aimed at developing practitioner’s skills as well as those who directly support autistic people including parents and carers. These include various learning Autism Aware certification schemes, post diagnostic guide books, films and resources.

The resources and the web-site have been jointly developed with key stakeholders including autistic people, parents and carers, Local Authority ASD Leads and partners from health, education, the third sector.


  • 2017-18 Annual Report from the National ASD Development Team: Open link here 

  • 2018-19 Work Plan from the National ASD Development Team: Open link here

Link: The Happy Birthday: A film about the signs of autism in children

For more information please visit the website at: or contact: Tracy Hinton

Press Releases

09 April 2019 09:00:00
The WLGA and Data Cymru have both achieved ‘Autism Aware’ status, following successful completion of a training programme by the National Autism Team. For an organisation to successfully achieve ‘Autism Aware’ status, it must have demonstrated...

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