New children's campaign group formed in Yorkshire launches autism commission

A commission on autism is being launched this week by a new National Children’s Group which is being led by an MP and a charity based in Yorkshire.

Organisers say the commission will provide parents and lobbyists with a chance to push for change on issues such as the time it takes people to be diagnosed.

Around 700,000 people in the UK have autism but many people go through life undiagnosed and on average, children wait three and a half years to receive a diagnosis while adults wait two years. The Autism Commission is the first major project being carried out by the new National Children’s Group - which is being led by former Children’s Services select committee chairman and Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman along with the National Children’s Centre - a charity based in the town. The first meeting of the autism commission takes place tomorrow.


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30th November 2015
Yorkshire Post