(Westminster, UK) The influential British parliamentarian, Lee Scott MP, has called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the government to provide ring fenced funding for autism services run by local authorities. His call came in Autism Awareness Week in the UK (1st – 7th October 2007).Lee Scott has joined forces with Ivan Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK -the campaigners have sent a powerful message to Downing Street – through the ‘Autism Action’ DVD.
The Autism Action DVD released by the Autism Awareness Campaign has been sent to key decision makers in the UK in Autism Awareness Week.Lee Scott pledges to take the matter up with the Prime Minister in the Autism Action film directed by the renowned Ian McLeod. Autism campaigners in the UK are calling for a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Scott is the member of parliament for Ilford North and is on the House of Commons Select Committee on Health. He has been campaigning on behalf out all people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome – earlier this year, Lee Scott initiated a major debate on autism in Westminster Hall. He followed it up with a question in PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) in the House of Commons.
Autism is a neuro developmental disorder. An estimated 500,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum, so are 90,000 children. According to researchers in the UK 1 in 100 children may have autism.
Lee Scott is speaking at events connected with Autism Awareness Week in the UK.