Abbott Backs Autism Campaign

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LABOUR POLITICIAN Diane Abbott has thrown her weight behind a new charity campaign that seeks further support for black and ethnic minority (BME) people with autism.

The campaign, launched on February 12 in Parliament, aims to conduct the most extensive survey of BME people’s autism experiences.


Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, said: “This campaign highlights an incredibly important issue. Many of my constituents from ethnic minority communities struggle to receive the Special Educational Needs support they need for their children, and these difficult experiences are replicated across the UK.


“It’s vital that we do more to understand autism and its impact on black and ethnic minority communities – we hope this campaign is a first step towards a greater understanding and better support,” she added.


The shadow minister for public health has been working with the National Autistic Society (NAS), a charity which highlights barriers autistic people face in accessing support and services.


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