20th August 2015
As a Member of Parliament I have the great privilege of being able to work closely alongside a number of charities and organisations throughout my constituency, all of whom do fantastic work in support of our communities. The North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and ADHD is one such organisation - created by the families themselves - and one that I have maintained close links with for many years.
It is therefore my great pleasure to be able to welcome a group of families from the Forum to the Houses of Parliament today, and to be able to facilitate for them their trip to London and a tour of Parliament, allowing them to see first-hand what goes on behind the scenes and where key decisions are made which affect them.
Autism is an issue that is very close to my heart, and with this in mind I have long taken a special interest in ASC provision in Devon, strongly championing improved services for those with autistic spectrum conditions, and frequently taking up individual cases on behalf of my constituents with the DWP and other agencies. 
I also continue to push the issue with the Government whose "Adult Autism Strategy" is an essential step towards realising the Government’s long-term vision for transforming the lives of adults with autism. The guidance sets a clear direction for how health and social care can continue to implement the Autism Strategy and to improve services to enable fulfilled and rewarding lives for people with autism.
I have previously sponsored the Autism Act in Parliament to give the strategy legal force, meaning that local authorities and NHS services who fail to provide support for people with autism could be breaking the law.
Today’s visit is part of the continuing campaign to improve services and make a positive difference to the lives of those families who include a child or adult with an Autistic Spectrum condition. The North Devon Forum helps spread vital awareness and provides important support for those with this complex condition, and I am determined to continue working alongside its members, those with an ASC and their families, to enhance the services available to them in our areas.
This article also appeared in the North Devon Journal.

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