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MEP Anderson supports Autism campaigners in Brussels

7 November, 2012 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson met with representatives from Autism NI in Brussels this week to give her full support to the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership campaign for a European wide strategy on Autism.

Prior to addressing an event involving participants from all over Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales at the European Parliament to discuss developing a European Autism strategy, Martina Anderson said:

"It is fantastic to see the great work of this organisation from across the islands of Ireland and Britain being recognised in the European parliament. It is difficult to comprehend just how much progress has been made in Ireland in recent decades with developments such as the all-Ireland Autism Centre in Middletown, Armagh considering as Arlene Cassidy, the Chief Executive of Autism NI, pointed out, that in the early 1990’s there was only one book available on the subject in the North’s public library system.

"It is a tribute to the tireless efforts of families and campaigners from the voluntary sector that they have been able to move from a situation of virtually no public awareness, to overcoming so many varied obstacles, culminating in the passing of the Autism Act 2011 by the Executive.

“it is widely recognised that the relationship between autism practitioners, parents, family and friends play a unique role in the quality of life for those with autism. I welcome the intiative by the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership to bring their campaign to Brussels and will do all that I can to assist them in highlighting their experiences with the aim of achieving a European Autism strategy. CRÍOCH

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