Dr.Vincent Cable MP
(Westminster, UK) The acting leader of the Liberal Democrats in Parliament, Dr.Vincent Cable has pledged to do more for autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Dr.Cable met with Ivan Corea, head of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK in parliament yesterday. Vince Cable took over as acting leader of the Liberal Democrats when Sir Menzies Campbell resigned yesterday.

Mr.Corea presented Dr.Vincent Cable with a copy of the campaign film ‘Autism Action,’ DVD directed by Ian McLeod.

‘Autism is a serious health and education issue. Parents, carers and people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are looking to parliamentarians of all parties to speak out and act on these issues. People badly need public services in health, education, specialist speech therapy and respite care,’ said Ivan Corea.

A few months ago the autism campaigner met with the Conservative Shadow Minister for Schools Nick Gibb in the House of Commons. Lee Scott MP (member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health) speaking at the London Conference on Autism, at the Bridge Community Venue in South Woodford in Autism Awareness Week, pledged to join forces with Ivan Corea to lobby the Prime Minister on autism.

Over 500,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. According to UK researchers 1 in 100 children may have autism.

The Autism Awareness Campaign UK is calling on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to launch a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

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