SOUTH BASILDON AND EAST THURROCK MP, Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons to urge better understanding and support for a number of autism initiatives in education.
Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock, Conservative)
“Does my hon. Friend agree that one way to improve the employment situation for people on the autism spectrum, whether in Wales or here in England, is to create greater understanding among adults and among people’s peers at an earlier age?
“Will he therefore join me in supporting the Anderson Foundation schools challenge, which aims to improve awareness in schools?
“Will he encourage colleagues to get involved in that and to encourage schools in their constituencies to sign up to it in order to raise and widen awareness of what the condition means to those who suffer from it?”
Robert Buckland (South Swindon, Conservative)
“I welcome my hon. Friend’s intervention. I am, of course, happy to support the Anderson Foundation schools challenge. It is already yielding fruit.
“Special schools in my constituency are taking part. It seems to be a constructive and practical way not only to raise awareness of autism among the general public, but to engage children and young people with the condition in actively doing things that emphasise the positive aspects of life with autism.”