(Westminster, UK) A major debate on autism takes place today, Wedensday 7th March at 3 pm in Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster. The Autism Debate has been called by British parliamentarian Lee Scott MP (Ilford North) and has all-party support.

Autism affects over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom. The Westminster debate will focus on the lack of public services in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care for people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. At the sharp end are some 90,000 autistic children in the United Kingdom who are still suffering with proper support. At the end of last year, Children’s Commissioner, Sir Al Aynseley-Green commented that it was ‘shocking and appalling’ that autistic children do not have the support they need.
Lee Scott MP will also urge a re-think on the closure of special schools in the United Kingdom. The number of special schools in the state and private sector has fallen from 1,239 schools to 1,148 schools – a reduction of 7 per cent. The Ilford North MP is calling fo an end to the postcode lottery to public services for all people and children with autism.

The Autism Debate has generated a great deal of interest in Westminster where parliamentarians have pledged to do more for people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

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