AROUND £40,000 is being spent by Nottinghamshire County Council to provide training for staff who are in contact with residents with autism to gain a greater understanding of their needs.
April is National Autism Awareness month and it is estimated around 9,000 residents in the county are affected by autism, which affects their ability to communicate with and relate to other people..
Around half of the funding will be spent on training for a wide range of people employed by the county council.
Specialist training is available to staff working in key roles such those carrying out community care assessments. The remaining £20,000 will be available for the training of employees working for providers commissioned by the council.