Dame Cheryl has been reappointed as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA), which is one the largest All-Party Parliamentary Groups in Parliament.
In the Group’s Annual General Meeting this week, Dame Cheryl noted the significance of the last year, which marks ten years since the Autism Act 2009 was first introduced and has seen the publication of the APPGA’s report, ‘The Autism Act, Ten Years On’, which is the biggest piece of work carried out by the APPGA in the last ten years.
However, Dame Cheryl also noted that not enough is being done to improve understanding, services and support for people with autism and their families in England.
Dame Cheryl commented: “I am delighted to be re-adopted as to Chair this Group and I am very proud of the work we have achieved this year. While significant progress that has been made over the last decade to support autistic children and adults, the picture that has emerged is one of widespread unmet need across all aspects of everyday life of people on the autism spectrum.
“I look forward to the Government’s updated autism strategy, due to be published later this year, and hope to see a number of our recommendations taken on board.”