North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon is calling for more to be done to help people with autism.
Following a Parliamentary reception last week, she said: “Autism sufferers and campaigners eloquently highlighted how negative public attitudes and misconceptions about autism can harm families and individuals and limit their opportunities.
“I plan to actively promote more awareness to improve access to public spaces, employment and services.
“This will enable more people living with autism to play an active role in their community and to achieve their full potential.”
National Autistic Society president Jane Asher said: “Awareness of autism has increased dramatically since I first became involved many years ago, but understanding of this complex condition is still desperately low, that’s why I’m very grateful that so many Parliamentarians came to the event.”
“Parliamentarians have the power to make a real change in the lives of those with autism by helping us to spread understanding among their local communities.
“I do hope they will work with us in trying to make the world a more welcoming place for those affected and their families.”
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.