Thursday, 22 October 2009

Autism Bill becomes law

"Dear Member of Parliament,

I am writing to say thank you for your help with making legal history. The Autism Bill, the first disability-specific law in the UK, today passed its Third Reading in the Lords.

The National Autistic Society has been delighted by the overwhelming support shown by Parliamentarians from both Houses. The cross-party spirit with which all parties approached this has been commendable.

The Autism Act, and the Adult Autism Strategy, has the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives, and we will continue to campaign to make sure that delivers on its promise.

Once again, many thanks for your help in achieving this milestone for people with autism. Do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss the implications of the Autism Act and forthcoming strategy.

Best wishes,
The National Autistic Society"


mike stanton said...

Thank you Kerry,

from one autism dad. Now for the Don't Write Me Off Campaign.

Complicity Theory said...

Thanks from an Autistic Canadian. I hope it sets a great example for the world.

Complicity Theory said...

Oh, and from a major "magazine" and howard devoto fan... double thanks :)

Devil's Kitchen said...


Do you have a link to the law itself?—I can't seem to find it.

I'd like to see exactly what the provisions of this act are—I find group-specific legislation somewhat worrying destroying, as it does, the idea of equality under the law...


Kerry said...

It will be on the website, which I can't access at the moment, but I think the link would be

Or if not there, just search the site for it! There will also be explanatory notes which are generally a much easier guide to what's in the legislation.