A huge thanks and congratulations are due to all those involved in The National Autistic Society’s #ImOne campaign during the 2017 UK General Election.

I'm One campaigners.

Over 200 #ImOne volunteers took part during the campaigning period for the snap election, working to ensure that autism and the issues faced by autistic people and their families in the UK were at the forefront of candidates’ campaigns.

Throughout the four weeks after Theresa May called the election, #ImOne campaigners organised coffee mornings, hustings and 1-2-1s to meet with over 40 candidates across the country, raising awareness of key autism issues such as employment, education, and health and social care.

John Clark meeting Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband, the re-elected MP for Doncaster North, was among the candidates who attended these events. National Autistic Society campaigner John, speaking after meeting the former Labour leader at the #ImOne event, said:

“The National Autistic Society’s #ImOne campaign is fantastic as it gives candidates a better understanding and acceptance of autism and makes sure future policies that deal with autism and other ‘hidden’ disabilities are properly considered and correctly implemented.”

In the aftermath of the election, The National Autistic Society are now carrying forward the success of the #ImOne campaign by working with MPs to re-establish the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA). The APPGA will work to keep autism policy central to the new Government’s political agenda, ensuring that autistic people across the country receive an equal chance at fulfilling and happy lives.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date on the APPGA’s work, you can visit their website or subscribe to their mailing list by emailing APPGA@nas.org.uk.