Autism Rights Group Highland


NHS Highland survey: if you live in Highland and are Autistic or support an Autistic person please take the time to complete.

NHS Highland want to try to ascertain views and ideas to support and develop services for Autistic people in the Highlands.

Please circulate as far as possible, the more responses the more NHS Highland will be able to reflect the wider views of Autistic people and those that support us across the Highlands.

(Closing date to follow: apologies that we do not have this information at present).

See below for a link to a short questionnaire:

For more information,a paper copy or an alternative format or if you need help completing the survey please contact:

Fiona Watt
PA to Jean-Pierre Sieczkarek Area Manager South
South & Mid Operational Unit
Nairn Town & County Hospital and PCC
Cawdor Road
IV12 5EE

tel: 01667422710 or 01463706983


May 16th 2014

Autism and Ethics conference run by ARGH in partnership with NAS Scotland

Smithton Church, Inverness; For more information, Click here.

On 6th December 2013

Consultation on Highland Response to the Scottish Strategy for Autism

NHS Highland would appreciate hearing your thoughts on how we can go about achieving the actions outlined in the work plan linked to below

counsultation doc

12th November 2013

Your Say: Long-term Conditions

About a year ago, the Welfare Reform Committee began an initiative, ‘Your Say’, to hear directly from those who have been directly affected by welfare reform.

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Monday 21st August 2012

ARGH's new leaflet

ARGH have just released a leaflet offering advice for professionals in the Mental Health Services. The leaflet is written and designed by ARGH members and was funded by NHS Highland. to view the web version of the leaflet click here

Friday 14th Janurary 2011

Disappointing news regarding the Autism (Scotland) Bill:

Stage one debate on the Autism (Scotland) Bill falls (12th Jan. 2011) The results of the vote were For 5, Against 109, Abstentions 2. The transcript of the debate can be read here (click me)

Autism Strategy News

Towards an Autism Strategy for Scotland consultation responses have now been published, you can read them here (click me):

November 2010

ARGH's new Membership Card

ARGH has recently issued a new Membership Card, the card also doubles up as an Autism Alert Card.

ARGH membership card front ARGH membership card back

ARGH have a new messageboard

The ARGH messageboard is an online forum offering a safe autistic space for our members : it is not viewable by others outside of ARGH. If you'd like to connect with other autistic people across the Highlands or find out more about what ARGH are doing then please join up. We will also use the space to discuss any consultations / local issues / anything that ARGH members feel is worth talking about. If you'd like to contribute to our monthly meetings but can't get along then you can use the messageboard to join in. Even if you've never used a messageboard before please give it a go; it's important that we hear what you have to say. If you have any questions or would like to join email

Wednesday 27th January 2010

Draft Scottish Autism Strategy Bill published - Consultation Hugh O'Donnell MSP has published his proposal for a draft Scottish Autism Strategy Bill in the Scottish Parliament. There will be three months of public consultation before MSPs decide if the proposal will go on to be debated as a draft bill. The consultation document is available here (click me)

Hugh's proposal is based on implementing the Autism Act that passed through Westminster Parliament last year but only applied to England. It would require the Scottish Government to put in place a national ASD strategy and to place appropriate duties on councils and health boards that will support its implementation. To support the campaign and as part of the consultation, a Partners in Autism event has been scheduled on Thursday 11th February at Inshes Church in Inverness. This event will provided interested parties with information about the campaign and how you can contribute. For more information, Tel 01463 720056 or go to

Wednesday 5th August 2009

Spring 2009 Newsletter added see below.

Friday 3rd July 2009

Inverness courier with update on the story from 23rd October 2007 titled "Council stands accused of reneging on autism pledges" to access the story click here

Thursday 10 January 2008


The above "event" took place today(10/1/08). Bill Cook Project Manager (Mental Health and Learning Disability) has promised to send the compiled notes for this meeting by the end of next week, so watch this space for them. He also said he would send a copy of the "Partnership in Practice Agreement" once it has been agreed by Committee on the 16th Jan, when this has been recieved it will be available to view on the Information page.

23rd October 2007:

The Inverness Courier Printed a story about the clousure of the SSA office and the lack of services in The Highlands. Two Members of ARGH were interviewed for the article. The article identified the lack of services in the Highlands. To see it and maybe comment on it (go to bottom of article to access comments.), click here


To access the latest copy of the newsletter Click on the issue you want to view below. To return back to the Newsletter page click on the back button at the top of the page.

Spring 2009

Spring 2008

ARGH is a new organisation which will:

-Inform service providers about what autistic people really experience.

-Campaign for better services for autistic people in the highlands.

-Challenge stigma and discrimination through education about autistic strengths.

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