Our Pembrokeshire Branch organised an autism roundtable with four Pembrokeshire Assembly Members. The event took place at the Picton Centre in Haverfordwest. AMs Paul Davies, Eluned Morgan, Simon Thomas and Joyce Watson discussed issues that autistic people and their families face in the county.
Some of the key challenges raised were long waiting lists for autism assessments, confusion around the changing diagnosis pathway, support for carers and autistic adults, and increases in school exclusions. The Assembly Members committed to working with the branch to get clarity from the Local Authority and Health Board on a number of these issues.
Pembrokeshire Branch manager Nikki Williams from Fishguard said: "The election to the National Assembly was held in May so we thought it important to get all our Assembly Members together straight away. We were very pleased with the attendance and while Angela Burns and Neil Hamilton sent their apologies, they have agreed to meet us in the Senedd very soon, so it shows that all of Pembrokeshire’s AMs are supporting us.
"There are issues in Pembrokeshire that need to be worked on, whether it is improving diagnosis, parents not being able to access mental health services or the worrying increase in school exclusions that parents are telling us about. There are many concerns but we are pleased that our AMs are there to support us."