Sir - Today, the first UN World Autism Awareness Day, we are calling on the Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and to raise awareness of the capabilities of disabled people including those with autism. Autism is much more common than most people think, affecting an estimated one in 100 people in Britain.
All public services and business should expect to serve people with autism so that they can enjoy the same rights and freedoms as everyone in society.
By ratifying the convention, the Government can signal its commitment to supporting those with this complex and lifelong condition.
Ivan Corea, Autism Awareness Campaign UK
Hilary Gilfoy, Autism Speaks
Christine Asbury, Kingwood Trust
Mark Lever, National Autistic Society
Robert Hubbard, Prior's Court Foundation
Richard Mills, Research Autism
Ian Wylie, TreeHouse
Hugh Morgan, Autism Cymru
Arlene Cassidy, Autism NI
John McDonald, Scottish Society for Autism