As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, I was very proud to lead on 'The Autism Act, 10 Years On' Report, which was published on Monday 9 September.
Ten years ago I introduced the Private Members Bill which became the Autism Act in 2009. To this day, it remains the only disability-specific legislation in England. The Act has been vital in increasing awareness and improving support and services for the approximately 700,000 people with autism and their families. However, there is still much more that needs to be done.
We hope the Government, health and care organisations, businesses and society as a whole take urgent action in improving the lives of autistic people, and particularly look to see if the Government will take on board our recommendations when reviewing the national autism strategy for England later this year, which for the first time will include children and young people.
The full report can be found on the National Autistic Society's website: