Not Enough: a new campaign for better autistic support

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The National Autistic Society have launched Not Enough, a campaign to demand better support and services for autistic people in England.

Ten years on from the Autism Act, they say, the government has not done enough to live up to its promises to autistic people and their families. They are now calling on the Government to introduce specialist autism support in every council in England and to give councils the money they urgently need to fix the crisis in social care.

How you can get involved

You can support our Not Enough campaign by contacting your MP, to invite them to the society’s event in Parliament, which will take place before the end of the year. At the event, autistic people, families and professionals will talk to MPs about what they must do to better support autistic people.

The campaign is based on the findings of an inquiry, published today, by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) and the National Autistic Society into the impact of the Autism Act, 10 years after its introduction. A survey of around 11,000 autistic adults and their families in England and evidence sessions in Parliament found that there is simply not enough care, support and understanding in our society for autistic people.

This is having devastating consequences for autistic people: widespread isolation, mental health problems and people falling into crisis.

What the report calls for

The report calls on the Government to do lots of things, including:

  1. Introduce specialist autism support in every council in England
  2. Immediately invest in social care services and secure long term sustainable funding
  3. Honour its commitment to launch a fully-funded campaign to improve public understanding of autism.

You can read a full list of recommendations in the report:

https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2019-09-09-not-enough-campaign.aspx

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!