The group is made up of parents and carers of children and young adults with additional needs including autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairment.
The Deputy Minister discussed current developments within social services in Wales and asked the group about their own experiences.
“There will always be opportunities to learn from experience and make a difference to those who seek our support and I feel strongly about working to improve the lives of people will a disability and their families and carers.
“Ministers have agreed to a public consultation later this year on how the Welsh Government’s Autistic Spectrum Disorders ASD Action Plan should be taken forward up to 2015.
“When the ASD action plan was launched in 2008, it was considered to be a world first. I look forward to hearing people’s views on the course we take in the future to keep Wales at the forefront of this agenda.
“We will soon begin a process of formal consultation on proposals to provide greater consistency on special educational needs between schools and local authorities. This will include proposals for the reform of the statutory assessment and statement system in Wales.
“We also announced a major piece of legislation this year, the Social Services (Wales) Bill, which will give people a stronger voice and real control over the social care services they use, and to help meet their changing needs.
“As part of the consultation on the Bill, we have sought people’s views on how best we can improve services for disabled children and young people with the most complex needs. I look forward to seeing the responses."