EXTRA funding is being ploughed in to reduce waiting times for autism diagnosis in the Stockton area.
Waiting times have been reaching four years or more in Stockton, and autism charity Daisy Chain alongside Dr Paul Williams, MP for Stockton South, have been fighting for fairer and faster assessments.
Now a new funding initiative has been approved to reduce waiting from four years to under a year.
Stuart Dexter, chief executive of Daisy Chain, which is based in Norton, near Stockton, said: “This is fantastic news for all the families affected by autism in Stockton.
“We know how much the families we support can struggle to get the right care and support so not having a waiting time of up to four years will make a huge difference to them.