GREATER Manchester leaders have unveiled plans to make the region more autism friendly.

The plan hopes to make public services accessible and improve health care so autistic people get the support they need and also improve employment opportunities.

The plan was developed with the help of autistic people and their families.

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, said: “Too many autistic people and their families are not receiving the support they need. We want to change that in Greater Manchester.

“Although diagnosis and post-diagnostic support is vital, this is not just a health and social care issue – it’s also about improving access to services, to employment, transport and more. Through this strategy we will deliver a city-region-wide strategy that embraces the needs of autistic people and supports everyone to reach their full potential.”

Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society said he was "delighted" with the strategy.