South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne attended the National Autistic Society’s first ever Understanding Autism session in Parliament last week.
Mr Dunne was one of 82 MPs who attended, receiving more information on what autism is, guidance on how to create autism-friendly advice surgeries, and tips on how to support autistic constituents.
There are around 700,000 autistic children and adults in the UK, and the National Autistic Society believes increasing MPs’ awareness and understanding of autism is an important step to improving their ability to support and champion the issues that matter to autistic people. The charity will be working with them to ensure support improves for autistic people at both local and national levels.
Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how someone communicates and sees, hears and feels the world around them. It is a spectrum condition. This means autistic people have their own strengths and varying and complex needs, from 24-hour care to simply needing clearer communication and a little longer to do things at work and school.
Mr Dunne said:
“I was delighted to attend the first ever Understanding Autism session in Parliament and am grateful to the National Autistic Society for organising it.
“The session gave very practical information about how MPs can better help autistic constituents, including through autism-friendly advice surgeries and further support in the community.
“I will be taking these ideas forward to introduce in my advice surgeries across South Shropshire.”
To find out more about autism or the National Autistic Society, please visit www.autism.org.uk.