Kris Murali, Vice Chair of The National Autistic Society Board of Trustees, said: "As Kevin Healey steps down as a National Autistic Society trustee, along with my fellow trustees, I want to thank Kevin for all he has done for the charity over many years. 

"He has contributed his perspective as an autistic campaigner since 2009, first as a regional councillor representing the West Midlands and, since 2013, as a member of the charity’s Board.

"We are grateful that he has shared his insight for so long and we will continue to involve autistic people and family members of autistic people in our Board of Trustees and our National Forum. They help ensure the charity continues to develop to the benefit of the autistic people and families we support and of the wider autistic community. 

"We wish Kevin well in his future endeavours."

Kevin Healey said: "It's with deep regret that I have stepped down from The National Autistic Society and stepped down from National Forum. Due to many commitments with my charity SAAS, which is going from strength to strength, and with many commitments filming with my autism film this year ("Twin Brothers Worlds Apart") and more new autism endeavours next year - I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a Board Director and meeting so many people with autism, I wish The National Autistic Society all the success for the future, but my time and energy now needs to be directed now in a new direction for autism."