The following is an email sent by the National Autistic Society to People First Education on Friday:
Autism Bill a giant step closer
Yesterday in Parliament the Government pledged its full support for the Autism Bill, which was unanimously voted through the committee stage.
The text of the Bill has changed, to become adult-focused and include the adult autism strategy. This would add legal force to the strategy, and legal obligations for councils and health agencies. It is now all the more important that the adult strategy itself is fit for purpose, so if you haven't already done so please take part in the consultation process for the strategy.
The commitments we have secured from the Government on information and planning for children remain, and are a great achievement, but will be pursued outside the scope of the Bill. I will be in touch to let you know how this progresses.
Thank you for your help in getting the Autism Bill to this stage. We now have a very good chance of making legal history for people with autism!
With best wishes,
The National Autistic Society