The Core Capabilities Framework is an excellent piece of work providing an extremely comprehensive and detailed outline of competencies across three tiers. There is clear potential for improving the lives of people with autism/learning disabilities both diagnosed and undiagnosed, and their carers.
The framework is considered very ambitious, which isn’t a criticism but an observation in terms of the extent to which it can be implemented.
From the perspective of the voluntary and community sector, there may be scope for implementation of all three tiers across a diverse range of provision, from commissioned health and well-being services to community groups, social and leisure activities. It is important therefore, to recognise how the ever-changing landscape of the voluntary and community sector impacts on the lives of autistic people and to ensure opportunities exist for the sector to develop in line with the framework specifications.
The sector is also unique in being able to develop close relationships as a foundation for better communication, open and honest conversations, based on lived experiences. It is these case studies and stories that have the greatest effect on wider communities to change attitudes and perspectives and cut through deep-seated beliefs to embrace positive change.