A British autism charity, the UK Autism Foundation has called on ITV News, Sky News and BBC News to include disability issues in the three televised Leaders Debates in the UK. These historic debates will be shown on three main television news channels – party leaders Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg will face each other ‘live’ on British television for the first time.
Chairing the debates are Alistair Stewart for the ITV News debate, Adam Boulton for the Sky News debate and David Dimbleby for the BBC News debate. The debates will go on prime time television in the run up to the 2010 General Election in Britain.
Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation has written to Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg as well as ITV, Sky News and BBC News urging them to highlight some of the key disability issues – including autism. The charity has pointed out that there are 8.6 million registered disabled people in the UK, totalling 14% of the population. (DRC) There are over 500,000 people with autism in the United Kingdom – add the numbers of parents and carers, you are looking at over a million people touched by autism. UKAF has reminded all three parties that they are voters too.
Autism campaigners in the UK have also urged Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg to reveal their Autism Plans and show how they plan to help and support parents, carers and the Autism Community.