The National Autistic Society (NAS) recently launched their new Push for Action campaign.
Four years on from the groundbreaking Autism Act 2009, too many adults with the condition are still waiting for the everyday support they need. Some need help to get washed and dressed, others need specialist support to find sustainable employment and others just want to participate in their local community.
The NAS has conducted new research into what steps each local authority has taken to improve the lives of adults with autism in England. They have also collected the views and experiences of adults with autism, families and professionals so they can more easily hold their councils and health bodies to account.
This year, there is an opportunity to achieve real change. The Government is currently reviewing what progress has been made in implementing the strategy so far.
I am supporting the Push for Action campaign and have written to both Rotherham Borough Council and the Care Minister to ask them what they are doing to improve support for adults with autism and their families.
More information about the campaign can be found at www.autism.org.uk/push