Preet Kaur Gill MP has pledged her support to creating a society that works for autistic people and their families. They made the commitment at an All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) event in Parliament today, marking the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act and highlighting the work that still needs to be done.
Under the landmark Autism Act, alongside other important laws like the Care Act, autistic people in England are entitled to the care and support they need. But a recent inquiry by the APPGA, supported by the National Autistic Society, found that autistic people and their families in England still aren’t getting enough support. Progress has been held up because there isn’t enough understanding of the Act’s duties on councils and the NHS and of how to implement them.
There are around 700,000 autistic children and adults in the UK and a further three million family members and carers. This means that around 1 in 100 people in each constituency are autistic.
Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world. It is a spectrum. This means autistic people have their own strengths and face varying challenges. Some autistic children and adults need 24-hour care and support. Others simply need clearer communication and a little longer to do things at work or school. Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on an education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated.
“I was delighted to attend this important event, marking the 10th anniversary of the landmark Autism Act. Too many autistic people continue to face inequalities. I want to change this and am proud to pledge my support to creating a society that works for autistic people.”
For more information about autism, please visit www.autism.org.uk