Push for Action

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, is backing Push for Action, a National Autistic Society campaign, which aims to ensure that the Adult Autism Strategy is implemented fully across England.

The MP has strongly championed improved services in Devon for those with autistic spectrum disorders for several years. As part of this he 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 are breaking the law.

To demonstrate his support for the current campaign, Mr Cox has written to the Department of Health, seeking clarification as to the steps being taken by the Government to help local authorities improve support for adults with autism. He has also contacted Devon County Council to determine the actions they are taking to implement the adult autism strategy in full.

Geoffrey Cox said: “Four years on from the groundbreaking Autism Act 2009, a large number of adults with autism are still waiting for the everyday support they need, ranging from help to get washed and dressed, to specialist support to find sustainable employment.

“We have got to tackle the ignorance and inequality routinely experienced by those with ASD, and to do this it is crucial that we provide them with the help they need. I am therefore committed to supporting this campaign to ensure that local services get the support they need to drive these changes and really make a difference on the ground for people affected by this condition."

The National Autistic Society’s campaign comes as a result of research carried out by the charity looking into the steps taken by local authorities to improve the lives of adults with autism in England. The Society also collected the views and experiences of adults with autism, families and professionals to enable them to hold councils and health bodies to account.