Cheryl Gillan’s Autism Bill

Tomorrow I will be backing Cheryl Gillan’s Autism Bill in the House. The Bill, supported by the main autism charities, would ensure that local councils provide much-needed support for people with autism and their families.

I know from constituents I am in touch with how important it is that autistic people are provided with the right kind of support, and this Bill promotes a multi-agency approach to the delivery of services to ensure an effective transition from child to adult services.

I and several other MPs supporting the Bill met Ministers on Tuesday and were told that the Government would agree to several of the proposals being put forward, including issuing new regulations to ensure Local Authorities take the needs of children with autism into account in their planning, and new guidance to help Local Authorities implement the Government’s Adult Autism Strategy. We could now decide to drop the Bill and wait for the Government to make good on its promises, but the need for action is urgent and we will continue with our efforts to put the Bill on the Statute Book so that the commitments are firm in law. The neglect of autism must be addressed.

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One Response to Cheryl Gillan’s Autism Bill

  1. Cal says:

    What does any of this even mean? My autistic child is fine with the support they get from the local education facilities, and from the doctor’s surgery and their co-workers too. It is actually screening for and efficiently diagnosing these disorders that is the problem, and no government bill can rectify that. We need sound medical research into recognising and dealing with autistic spectrum disorders, not empty words of political support.

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