Progress on autism essential, says Watson

Alliance Mid-Ulster candidate Fay Watson has said progress on autism is a priority for the party, as she met with several organisations to review the issue.

Ms Watson met with Autism NI and the National Autistic Society NI, where she was presented with their joint report ‘Broken Promises’. The organisations are seeking the findings of the report to be taken onboard by future MLAs.

Evidence from Broken Promises shows two-thirds of autistic people and their families feel they need more support, with 73 per cent of parents feeling isolated.

“Progress on autism is a clear priority in Alliance’s newly launched manifesto. We want to see not only earlier detection of autism but also appropriate and comprehensive care and support throughout the life-course.

“Having spoken directly to parents and families affected by autisim in the Mid-Ulster area, I am happy to endorse the joint election pledges of Autism NI and the National Autistic Society NI.

“If elected, I will do all I can to ensure people with autism and their parents feel better supported in future.”

Pictured with Fay Watson is Dr Arlene Cassidy from Autism NI and Shirelle Stewart of the National Autistic Society NI.

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