(London, UK) The influential parliamentarian Lee Scott MP has given his strongest backing to the UK Autism Foundation. Scott is Patron of the autism charity for a new generation, the UK Autism Foundation. He has pledged to support the on-going work of the charity who are committed to the poor.
The British based UKAF has a ‘vision for autism’ which includes building the first ever state of the art Autism Centre in London, building an autism school and creating initiatives to help families with autism who are below the poverty line.
There are over 500,000 people with autism in the United Kingdom. According to UK researchers 1 in 100 children are on the autism spectrum. The credit crunch and the recession is affecting families with autism in the UK – they are one of the hardest hit groups. The UK Autism Foundation has been urging the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling to help families with autism in the budget.
Recently the UK Autism Foundation nominated Lee Scott for the ePolitix Disability Champion Award for 2008. Scott has now been shortlisted for the award.
Ivan Corea said: ‘We are thrilled that Lee Scott, Patron of the UK Autism Foundation has been shortlisted for the Epolitix Disability Champion Award for 2008. He has fully supported the work of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK and now the UK Autism Foundation. He has been a magnificent champion for autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the House of Commons, in the Palace of Westminster. He is a marvellous Ambassador for Autism and has worked non stop to help parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. By nominating him the UK Autism Foundation is saying thank you to Lee Scott for all he is doing for autism in the UK.’