The NAS ‘Push for Action’ campaign was raised in Parliament during the Health questions session.
The Push for Action blog reports on how Angela Smith MP asked the Secretary of State for Health when he expected the revised adult autism strategy to be published.
Care Minister Norman Lamb, who responded on behalf of the Government, said that the review and revised strategy would be published at the end of March 2014.
It is also stated that:
‘Angela Smith also asked the Minister if he would consider the NAS’s proposals to introduce an ‘innovation fund’ for local councils to encourage the implementation of new and innovative models of service provision for people with autism.’
The Minister confirmed that the Department was seriously considering these proposals and that they have ‘real merit.’
Robert Buckland MP Chair of the APPG (all-party parliamentary group) on Autism asked the Minister how he plans to increase autism awareness amongst the general public.
‘The Minister accepted that general awareness of autism is still low but that the strategy review provided an opportunity to ensure that implementation makes a real difference on the ground for people with autism.’
Push for Action voiced that the Minister’s comments were encouraging and that they were glad the Department of Health:
‘recognises that there is still more work to be done to ensure that the spirit of the Autism Act is maintained in the revised strategy and that people with autism get the support that they need.’
The full blog post can be found here