James Brokenshire has said a forthcoming Government review of the national autism strategy should be used as an opportunity to strengthen the services provided. The MP’s comments come following a Parliamentary reception organised by The National Autistic Society to ‘push for action’ to make sure adults with autism can access appropriate support.
Autism is a serious and lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. One in every hundred adults has autism, meaning there are 300,000 adults in England with the disability.
The Autism Act 2009 committed the Government, local authorities and other agencies to taking action to improve the lives of adults with autism. This year the Government will review the impact of the legislation and the supporting adult autism strategy for England.
Commenting James Brokenshire said:
“The Autism Act made some important strides forward in strengthening support for people with autism. The forthcoming review provides an important opportunity to take stock and assess the impact it is having. Many people with autism can struggle with the everyday activities that many of us take for granted. That’s why we need to use this opportunity to make sure the legislation is being followed through effectively and ensure the appropriate support is being provided.”