Today marks a special occasion for the thousands of campaigners who have long demanded a better deal for people with autism.
Autism was debated for four hours in Parliament this morning, with a full examination of the Government's recent commitment to improving the lives of both children and adults with autism in England. This Parliamentary time and support for autism from over 100 MPs in unprecedented.
At the end of the debate, the Cheryl Gillan Autism Bill was voted through to committee stage by MPs. The committee stage is an opportunity for further detailed analysis of the Government's landmark commitment.
The initiatives announced by the Government are a direct response to your demands and when fully implemented will mean local children's and adult services have to take account of people with autism.
The Autism Bill has played a major part in this success, as has the backing of the wider autism community, and it would not have been possible without your help!
You can watch the debate again by visiting the Parliament website.
With best wishes,
Chief ExecutiveThe National Autistic Society