On Friday 15 September, the first ever MP surgery, supported by The National Autistic Society, was held by local MP, Thangam Debbonaire for autistic people, at the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service in the Create Centre.

Thangam MP

The Bristol West MP and her team met with autistic adults to discuss current barriers in the city and see how problems can be resolved. 

Appointments with the MP allowed autistic people to raise specific issues which could develop into an opportunity to work with Thangam Debbonaire MP on resolving the issues.

A keen supporter of the work we do to raise awareness of autism, the Bristol West MP hoped the surgery would give her a better understanding of issues that are important to autistic constituents and to help to create changes that could transform the lives of those on the autism spectrum.

Thangam will be following up with autistic constituents that raised issues with her, either through her case work team, or with a written response stating her position.

Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, said:

“Making Bristol an autism-friendly city has been one of my priorities since I was first elected in 2015. Constituents tell me that many autistic people in Bristol, and their families, encounter barriers in accessing public services, receiving support in education and in finding employment. I’m pleased to have worked with The National Autistic Society and Bristol Autism Spectrum Service to arrange this surgery specifically for autistic people. I’m keen to help resolve problems where I can, having found out directly from autistic people in my constituency what changes they’d like me to argue for in Parliament.”

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