Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Self-advocacy booklet - your chance to comment

It’s really important to the wellbeing of a person with autism that they can communicate relevant personal information to professionals fully, clearly and succinctly. That’s why, for the past two years, the NAS has been working with adults with autism to develop a self-advocacy booklet for adults on the autism spectrum.

The new booklet has been designed as a practical resource for people on the spectrum to use at meetings. It aims to empower people to write down and organise information before meetings, so they can refer to it during meetings. It can be completed with or without help from someone else, and can develop over time into a full written record of the person’s needs, opinions and wishes.





YOU NEED TO KNOW
Thousands of children with autism suffer from�mental health problems.
Needlessly.
Mental health problems are not an inevitable part of autism.
The right support at the right time can change�our children's future.
FIND OUT HOW at�www.autism.org.uk/youneedtoknow

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

Ask your candidates to stand up for autism

Thank you to everyone who emailed their election candidates during the general election campaign. We were overwhelmed by the support of our campaigners: 7,500 emails were sent to candidates. Many candidates received several emails, which shows them how much support there is for our campaigns to improve the lives of people with autism.

 

The responses we got from candidates were fantastic too. Around 900 candidates pledged to stand up for people with autism and 184 of them have been elected to the House of Commons. This is a great start to our relationships with MPs, many of whom are new.

 

This will be very important as we launch our new campaign for better child mental health services for children with autism, in one month’s time. We will be launching at a reception at the House of Commons on 8 June and we hope many of our new MP supporters will attend.

 

But it’s not all about the number of candidates we got to support people with autism. When they pledged, we asked them to tell us why they were doing it. We also heard from candidates who had autism spectrum disorders themselves. Here are some of the responses we got:

 

“My son is autistic, so this is a personal cause.  He is the happiest person in his school and this is down to how everyone treats him.  I feel that everyone on the autistic spectrum should have the same treatment, and I will stand up and campaign to make this so.”

 

“I can't even begin to start explaining how much I would support you and your campaigns if elected… I fully pledge to support people with autism in the next Parliament, elected or not.”

 

“You will be assured of my strong support as an advocate of your cause. Indeed, I was even out canvassing with someone with autism on Friday, who is playing a full role in the campaign.”

 

If you would like to know all the candidates in your area that pledged or to help us campaign in the future, please email campaign@nas.org.uk.

 

Here is a list of the candidates that pledged to stand up for autism, who are now MPs:

 

Abbott, Diane

Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Anderson, David

Blaydon

Austin, Ian

Dudley North

Bain, William

Glasgow North East

Balls, Ed

Morley and Outwood

Barker, Gregory

Bexhill and Battle

Barron, Kevin

Rother Valley

Bebb, Guto

Aberconwy

Beith, Alan

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Bellingham, Henry

North West Norfolk

Benyon, Richard

Newbury

Betts, Clive

Sheffield South East

Blears, Hazel

Salford and Eccles

Bradshaw, Benjamin

Exeter

Brady, Graham

Altrincham and Sale West

Brennan, Kevin

Cardiff West

Brooke, Annette

Mid Dorset and North Poole

Brown, Lyn

West Ham

Bryant, Chris

Rhondda

Buck, Karen

Westminster North

Buckland, Robert

South Swindon

Burns, Simon

Chelmsford

Burrowes, David

Enfield, Southgate

Burt, Alistair

North East Bedfordshire

Burt, Lorely

Solihull

Cable, Vincent

Twickenham

Caton, Martin

Gower

Clark, Katy

North Ayrshire and Arran

Clarke, Tom

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

Clegg, Nick

Sheffield, Hallam

Colvile, Oliver

Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

Cooper, Rosie

West Lancashire

Cox, Geoffrey

Torridge and West Devon

Crausby, David

Bolton North East

Crockart, Mike

Edinburgh West

Cruddas, Jon

Dagenham and Rainham

Cunningham, Alex

Stockton North

Cunningham, Tony

Workington

Danczuk, Simon

Rochdale

Davey, Edward

Kingston and Surbiton

Davidson, Ian

Glasgow South West

Davies, Philip

Shipley

Dobbin, Jim

Heywood and Middleton

Dodds, Nigel

Belfast North

Donaldson, Jeffrey

Lagan Valley

Donohoe, Brian

Central Ayrshire

Dowd, Jim

Lewisham West and Penge

Duddridge, James

Rochford and Southend East

Durkan, Mark

Foyle

Elliott, Julie

Sunderland Central

Ellis, Michael

Northampton North

Elphicke, Charlie

Dover

Farron, Tim

Westmorland and Lonsdale

Flello, Robert

Stoke-on-Trent South

Flynn, Paul

Newport West

Foster, Don

Bath

Fovargue, Yvonne

Makerfield

Fox, Liam

North Somerset

Francis, Hywel

Aberavon

Francois, Mark

Rayleigh and Wickford

Freeman, George

Mid Norfolk

Freer, Mike

Finchley and Golders Green

Gapes, Mike

Ilford South

Garnier, Edward

Harborough

Gauke, David

South West Hertfordshire

George, Andrew

St Ives

Gilbert, Stephen

St Austell and Newquay

Gillan, Cheryl

Chesham and Amersham

Glen, John

Salisbury

Goldsmith, Zac

Richmond Park

Goodman, Helen

Bishop Auckland

Gove, Michael

Surrey Heath

Graham, Richard

Gloucester

Green, Kate

Stretford and Urmston

Greening, Justine

Putney

Greenwood, Lilian

Nottingham South

Halfon, Robert

Harlow

Hames, Duncan

Chippenham

Hancock, Matthew

West Suffolk

Hands, Greg

Chelsea and Fulham

Harrington, Richard

Watford

Harris, Tom

Glasgow South

Hemming, John

Birmingham, Yardley

Hepburn, Stephen

Jarrow

Heyes, David

Ashton-under-Lyne

Hilling, Julie

Bolton West

Hoey, Kate

Vauxhall

Hollingbery, George

Meon Valley

Horwood, Martin

Cheltenham

Howarth, George

Knowsley

Hughes, Simon

Bermondsey and Old Southwark

Huppert, Julian

Cambridge

Hurd, Nick

Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Illsley, Eric

Barnsley Central

James, Margot

Stourbridge

Jamieson, Cathy

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Javid, Sajid

Bromsgrove

Jones, Andrew

Harrogate and Knaresborough

Jones, Susan Elan

Clwyd South

Keeley, Barbara

Worsley and Eccles South

Kelly, Chris D

Dudley South

Kendall, Liz

Leicester West

Kennedy, Charles

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Khan, Sadiq

Tooting

Kirby, Simon

Brighton, Kemptown

Laing, Eleanor

Epping Forest

Lazarowicz, Mark

Edinburgh North and Leith

Leech, John

Manchester, Withington

Lefroy, Jeremy

Stafford

Lidington, David

Aylesbury

Lloyd, Stephen

Eastbourne

Llwyd, Elfyn

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Long, Naomi

Belfast East

Lopresti, Jack

Filton and Bradley Stoke

Love, Andrew

Edmonton

Lucas, Caroline

Brighton, Pavilion

Luff, Peter

Mid Worcestershire

Main, Anne

St Albans

Mann, John

Bassetlaw

McCabe, Stephen

Birmingham, Selly Oak

McCarthy, Kerry

Bristol East

McCartney, Karl

Lincoln

McDonagh, Siobhain

Mitcham and Morden

McDonnell, Alasdair

Belfast South

McDonnell, John

Hayes and Harlington

McGovern, Alison

Wirral South

Meale, Alan

Mansfield

Miller, Andrew

Ellesmere Port and Neston

Miller, Maria

Basingstoke

Milton, Anne

Guildford

Mitchell, Austin

Great Grimsby

Moon, Madeleine

Bridgend

Morrice, Graeme

Livingston

Morris, Anne-Marie

Newton Abbot

Mosley, Stephen

City of Chester

Mowat, David

Warrington South

Mulholland, Greg

Leeds North West

Murphy, Paul

Torfaen

Murray, Ian

Edinburgh South

Nandy, Lisa

Wigan

Nuttall, David

Bury North

Ollerenshaw, Eric

Lancaster and Fleetwood

Osborne, Sandra

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

Paice, James

South East Cambridgeshire

Patel, Priti

Witham

Pearce, Teresa

Erith and Thamesmead

Penning, Mike

Hemel Hempstead

Pound, Stephen

Ealing North

Reeves, Rachel

Leeds West

Reid, Alan

Argyll and Bute

Rogerson, Dan

North Cornwall

Ruddock, Joan

Lewisham, Deptford

Sanders, Adrian

Torbay

Seabeck, Alison

Plymouth, Moor View

Shannon, Jim

Strangford

Shapps, Grant

Welwyn Hatfield

Sharma, Alok

Reading West

Smith, Andrew

Oxford East

Smith, Angela C

Penistone and Stocksbridge

Smith, Henry

Crawley

Smith, Julian

Skipton and Ripon

Stuart, Gisela

Birmingham, Edgbaston

Swinson, Jo

East Dunbartonshire

Thurso, John

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Tredinnick, David

Bosworth

Trickett, Jon

Hemsworth

Twigg, Stephen

Liverpool, West Derby

Vaizey, Ed

Wantage

Vickers, Martin

Cleethorpes

Walker, Robin

Worcester

Ward, David

Bradford East

Watkinson, Angela

Hornchurch and Upminster

Weir, Michael

Angus

Wheeler, Heather

South Derbyshire

Whiteford, Eilidh

Banff and Buchan

Wiggin, Bill

North Herefordshire

Williams, Roger

Brecon and Radnorshire

Williams, Stephen

Bristol West

Willott, Jenny

Cardiff Central

Winterton, Rosie

Doncaster Central

Wood, Mike

Batley and Spen

Woolas, Philip

Oldham East and Saddleworth

Wright, Simon

Norwich South

Zahawi, Nadhim

Stratford-on-Avon

 

 




This message is from The National Autistic Society (NAS). The NAS randomly monitors the content of e-mail messages sent and received.
Any opinions contained in this message are those of the author and are not given or endorsed by the NAS unless the author is clearly stated to have authority to bind the charity, and this has been duly verified by e-mailing companysecretary@nas.org.uk
The NAS is a company limited by guarantee (No. 1205298) registered in England and also a charity registered in England and Wales (CR269425) and in Scotland (SC039427), its registered office being 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG.
www.autism.org.uk


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