(London, UK) British autism campaigners are calling on the Prime Minister Gordon Brown to provide autistic children in the UK with more support, more funding and to launch a building program of specialist autism schools open to all, in every county.

Autism is a neuro developmental disorder, over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom are on the autism spectrum. According to estimates over 90,000 children are autistic many suffer without proper access to public services in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care.

Ivan Corea, head of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK, is urging Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to provide a ‘world class education’ for all autistic children in the UK.

The Autism Awareness Campaign UK is urging the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to keep all avenues open, where the education of autistic children is concerned . Ivan Corea said: ‘Children with autism may need mainstream schools, some may need special schools or even specialist autism schools,’ he said. Recently the Autism Awareness Campaign UK urged Secretary of State Ed Balls to consider new ways of thinking where academies are concerned, by paving the way of SEN/Autism Academies.

Recent studies seem to indicate a rise in numbers of children with autism in the United Kingdom, this could be due to better diagnosis. The Autism Awareness Campaign UK is calling for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to back a national strategy on autism and a 10 year program of action to include building autism units (fully equipped with sensory rooms) in mainstream schools, building specialist autism schools and initiating an Autism Compact – a national scheme to provide access to the labour market for people with autism who are able to work. Such a scheme must involve training of staff as it is a two way process of understanding.

Autism Campaigners have pointed out to the Government that there is still a great deal of suffering with parents, carers and people with autism & Asperger’s Syndrome find it a struggle to access public services.

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