Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston attended the National Autistic Society’s first ever Understanding Autism session in Parliament recently to discover more about what autism is and how he can better support autistic constituents.
The sessions were run by four National Autistic Society staff, two of whom are autistic.
Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how someone communicates and sees, hears and feels the world around them. There are around 700,000 autistic children and adults in the UK, a significant proportion of every MP’s constituency.
“I was pleased to attend the Understanding Autism session and grateful to the National Autistic Society for organising it.
“It is crucial for parliamentarians and their staff to be sensitive and aware of the challenges autistic people can face, such as difficulties with communication and social interaction.
“Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated. I am sure this session will help me to offer improved support to my autistic constituents.”