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Autism made its mark on Westminster last week with several MPs championing both autism and the work of The National Autistic Society in Parliament.

 

On Tuesday, Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke raised her concerns about the provision of special needs education by independent special schools. Her speech recognised the “excellent” work of our schools.

 

Graeme Morrice, Labour MP for Livingston, put two questions to Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, asking what progress was being made in developing a quality standard for children with autism, and pressing for health professionals to receive training so that they can identify the early signs of autism.

 

Conservative Richard Fuller used a work and pensions debate to discuss Work Capability Assessments. Mr Fuller asked what steps were being taken to help people with mental and behavioural disorders into work.

 

And finally, Wednesday saw Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd securing a Westminster Hall debate on support for disabled young people as they move from childhood into adulthood. Using statistics from the NAS, Mr Lloyd highlighted how only 34% of students in mainstream schools had received transition plans during the course of their education, despite it being a legal obligation; 45% of those who participated in transition planning were dissatisfied with the whole process.

 

Source:

http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/the-week-from-westminster.aspx

 

 

Sign Petition on Welfare Reform

 

Don’t let disabled children pay the price for welfare reform. We are supporting a campaign to make sure that the Government doesn’t cut benefits to children with disabilities and their families.

 

There are concerns that planned changes to welfare support may result in families living with disabilities (including autism) receiving less money. We are using the Government’s new e-petition website to let them know how important this issue is to us.

 

Sign the petition here

 

The petition argues that cutting support for children with disabilities and their families may be removing a vital lifeline for them, and that as a result more people may struggle financially to care for their children.

 

Families living with disabilities already face additional costs caring for their children and it is unfair for them to be targeted in this way. The new system could cost children with disabilities £27 a week in lost benefits, which is a substantial amount of money for them and their families.

 

Along with 24 other charities, we are calling on the Government to change these plans for the sake of children with disabilities and their families.

 

You can get involved by:

 

 
Let’s work together to make an important difference to the lives of disabled children and young people.

 

Source:

http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/what-price-welfare-reform.aspx



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