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All Party Assembly Autism Working Group should help focus issues of concern

28 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan, who is a member of the recently formed Assembly All Party Autism Working Group, has said that the formation of the Group is a positive step in continuing to focus the many major concerns in relation to the issue.

Mr Boylan said:

"There is wide support from across the political board for an 'Autism Act' to be introduced which should not only provide the level protections required but also give the condition the profile it deserves and raise awareness on the subject.

"There is also an urgent need for the provision of proper financial and support resources. An infrastructure to deal with Autism in a caring, professional and structured way is essential.

"It is essential that this Committee work as a united, cohesive and strong lobby. Michelle O Neill, who is vice chair of the all Party Group, and myself will endeavour to continue to highlight the many concerns brought to us by all those effected by autism." ENDS

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