Today, as the General Election campaign finally gets underway, we launch our manifesto for autism research, Getting it Right for Autism.
The forthcoming election provides a real opportunity for an incoming government to improve the quality of life of people with autism and their families in the UK. The current economic climate is a challenging one, and pressures on the public purse are likely to remain throughout the life of the next Parliament, which in turn is likely to have a profound effect on the lives of people with autism and their families.
The need for trusted research and information about which autism interventions are likely to be most effective has become even more urgent.
We are therefore calling on the next government to show its commitment by supporting our call to:
You can support our call by sending the manifesto to your local parliamentary candidates, and by publicising it through your networks and via social media. On Twitter please use the hashtag #RAManifesto2015 and let us know that we have your support. You can find out more about our work at www.researchautism.net.
During the week that marks World Autism Awareness Week, please help us to spread the message so that we ensure that we can help to improve the lives of people with autism now and in the future.
Thank you for your support.
Deepa Korea, Chief Executive
Autism is a lifelong neurological disability which impairs an individual's ability to communicate with others and make sense of the world around them. Without timely and informed support there can be potentially devastating consequences for individuals with autism and those around them. This may include extreme anxiety and distress, withdrawal, exclusion and self-injury.
Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life.