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Autism report highlights need for Autism Act- Sinn Féin

25 April, 2008

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA and deputy Chairperson of the new all-party Assembly Autism Group, Michelle O'Neill has said today's report highlighting lack of services for Autistic children maximizes the need for an Autism Act.

The report `Meeting the Needs of Families Living with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder` was compiled by the University of Ulster, Queen`s University and autism charity, PEAT.

Michelle O'Neill said:

"Today's report is a stark reminder of the difficulties faced by parents of Autistic children.

"Many parents have already contacted me to concur with the report.

""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.

"I shall continue to highlight the many concerns brought to us by all those affected by autism."


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