Decision details

'Living My Best Life' - A Strategy for Disabled and Neurodivergent People in Staffordshire 2023-2028

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Staffordshire County Council and the Integrated Care Board have jointly developed a five year (2023-2028) 'Living My Best Life - A Strategy for Disabled, Autistic and other Neurodivergent People in Staffordshire' strategy which will replace the existing Staffordshire Whole Life Disability Strategy (2018-2023). The new strategy is being submitted for final consideration and approval.










“People of any age with a disability or neurodivergence should be supported to live the best life they can, for as long as they are able. This new strategy ensures these people are put at the centre of everything we do in Staffordshire.


Throughout the development of this strategy, we have been speaking directly to those with experience of disability and neurodivergence. This means we have been able to put something together that is meaningful, will make a difference, and has been directly influenced by disabled and neurodivergent people, their carers and their families.”


Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care


“Young people who have a disability or neurodivergence need to be supported so they can live their best lives. Throughout the creation of this strategy, we have learned that this is especially important when it comes to their education, social lives, and families. By putting them at the centre of this strategy, we can ensure their needs are met, their voices are heard, and they have choice and control over the support they have.”


Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People


“Taking into account the unique experiences and thoughts of young people with disabilities and neurodivergences are crucial in shaping a strategy that truly works. By listening to them in putting together this strategy, we can empower them to live their best lives, where they are encouraged to dream big and are supported in achieving their goals.”


Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)


Reasons for the Decision – To consider the final draft of a new ‘Living my Best Life’: Joint Strategy for Disabled and Neurodivergent people in Staffordshire 2023-2028 which has been jointly developed by the Staffordshire County Council and the Integrated Care Board (ICB).


Decision – That the proposed ‘Living my Best Life’: Report on the Joint Strategy for Disabled and Neurodivergent people in Staffordshire 2023-2028, be approved.

Report author: Nicola Day

Publication date: 20/07/2023

Date of decision: 19/07/2023

Decided at meeting: 19/07/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/07/2023

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