Press Release

Aberavon MP Backs New Autism Law

25th February 2009

Dr Hywel Francis MP has brought the first ever autism law a step closer for local people affected by the condition, by supporting a Bill currently going through Parliament.

The Autism Bill is backed by The National Autistic Society and thirteen other autism charities. Dr Hywel Francis MP has pledged to be there on the 27th February to vote in its favour, on behalf of all the people in his constituency that are affected by the condition.

Dr Francis said;

"This is not a matter for party politics, but a critically important issue that is far too often overlooked and which affects people in Aberavon. The Autism Bill has the potential to radically transform many lives in the area – that is why I will be there to vote on the 27th.

I know that the Government supports the principles and objectives of this Bill and I look forward to the Minister, Phil Hope MP outlining the Government's plans in response to the Bill on Friday. I will be writing to all those in my constituency who have contacted me next week, in order to explain the progress which we hope to achieve on the 27th"

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the NAS, said; "We are delighted to have the support of Dr Hywel Francis and strongly urge other MPs to follow his lead. The Autism Bill is a huge step forward in ensuring a brighter future for people with but we urgently need support to make this law.

The Autism Bill aims to place a duty on local authorities to recognise and fulfil their responsibilities towards people with autism. Measures proposed include: improving local information on the number of children and adults with autism, providing effective support from child to adult services and tackling the chronic lack of help for adults with the condition.

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