Save Autism Services Haringey (SASH) is a group of parents and carers of adults with autism and learning disabilities in Haringey. SASH was formed in November 2014 in response to Haringey Council’s plans to cut spending on adult social care by 40%. These plans meant the closure of residential and day care provisions, and cuts in care packages, with drastic consequences for adults with autism and learning disabilities, their families and carers.
SASH has close links with Haringey Autism, the local branch of the National Autistic Society, with Haringey People First, which represents people with learning disabilities in the borough, the Haringey Carers Forum and the Social Care Alliance of Haringey. Some of us have professional experience of health and social care. Some are involved in voluntary organisations active in this field. All of us have personal experience of caring for adults with autism and, including some with learning disabilities, mental health problems, epilepsy and other complex needs.