Downing Street

(London, UK) Forty autism charities recently attended a reception and discussion on partnership working. Small, medium and large charities were at 10 Downing Street to discuss key issues relating to Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The reception and discussion convened by Sarah Brown was to celebrate the work of the charities in the autism sector and discuss ways that the charity sector can work together to achieve a common aim. Sarah Brown focused on her experience of charitable work and the important role that the third sector can play.

Attending the reception were Phil Hope MP, Minister of State for Care Services at the Department of Health and Minister for the Third Sector, Angela Smith MP. Facilitating the discussion was Liz Blackman MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism.

Campaigning charity, the Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society called on charities to work together on issues such as building a new Autism Centre.

The UK Autism Foundation called for new ways of thinking and new ways of working on autism. UKAF said that partnership working is crucial and no one must be left out.

There are over 500,000 people with autism in the United Kingdom.

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