Members of Parliament attend first ever Understanding Autism session

On 1 May 2019, Members for Parliament including local MP, Nick Thomas-Symonds, attended the first ever Understanding Autism session designed to help MPs understand how best to include autistic people within their work in constituencies, and was held by the National Autistic Society (NAS).

According to the NAS, there are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK and three million family members and carers. Autism is a spectrum condition, and whilst all autistic people share certain difficulties, it is a spectrum condition and each may affect everyone in different ways.

The NAS helped MPs consider ways to help engage with autistic people in their communities, from offering advice on communicating and how to host an autism-friendly surgery. Member of Parliament for Torfaen, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP attended the session, lending support to both the NAS and its work.

When asked about the event, Mr. Thomas-Symonds said:

“Autism affects approximately 700,000 adults and children across the UK, with approximately 79% of those with autism feeling socially isolated. It is vital that MPs do more to engage with thais with autism and their families.

“This session and the wider work of the NAS to support these individuals is exemplary and I would like to thank the NAS and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism for the work they have done to make this session possible.”

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