Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Have you emailed your MSP yet?

From the National Autistic Society Scotland's We Exist campain --

  • In a new survey over 94% of people believe there needs to be a Scottish autism strategy.
  • A third of people have had to go to a tribunal to get the right support.
  • 95% of people believe it is necessary to create a legal duty on local authorities and health boards.
  • 48% rated their overall experience of services to help them with their autism as either poor or very poor.
The National Autistic Society Scotland (NAS Scotland), together with over 100 key people and organisations from across Scotland, is asking the Scottish Government to implement a national strategy, backed with legislative power through a Scottish Autism Bill, to meet the needs of people living with autism in Scotland. 

How you can help
On Monday 12 April, Hugh O'Donnell MSP presented his final proposal to the Scottish Parliament for a Scottish Autism Strategy Bill, which is backed by over two dozen MSPs. The Scottish Government has until May to decide what it will do. We need you to email your MSPs to ask them to get the Scottish Government to support this vital Bill. You can email your MSP by clicking the link:

A Bill for Autism, a Bill for Scotland
As part of our campaign, we've launched a new report called We Exist - A Bill for Autism, A Bill for Scotland ( In it, a staggering 95% of people surveyed say they believe more local services are needed for people with autism. The key gaps identified include social support, advocacy, self-directed support, short breaks and employment support - shockingly, only 13% of adults with autism are in full-time employment. 

NAS Scotland is asking the Scottish Government for:
  • a duty to identify and record the numbers of children and adults with autism
  • people with autism to be able to get an appropriate assessment of their needs
  • each local area to plan for services that meet the needs of people with autism
  • appropriate training of staff to deliver high quality services
  • local areas to establish cross-agency leadership arrangements to develop joint working
  • a duty to engage with and consult people who have autism.

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