In May the National Autistic Society along with many other local charities and our local volunteer-led branches, were alarmed to hear reports about proposals in South West London to change which children would be eligible for an autism diagnosis.

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It would have meant that only children who also had a mental health condition, like depression, would be referred for a diagnosis of autism.

Our Chief Executive, Mark Lever, wrote to the people who make the decisions about health provision in the area – the Clinical Commissioning Groups – to let them know about the impact this could have and to press them to reconsider their proposal. We are pleased to say, they did!

With the surprise news that there was going to be a UK General Election, we relaunched our I’m One campaign. Over 200 #ImOne volunteers took part, 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. Ed Miliband MP was among the candidates who attended these events.

And Birmingham Airport were flying high when they were named a National Autistic Society autism-friendly airport. The Autism Friendly Award recognises all the airport has done to improve the experience at the airport for autistic passengers, their families and caregivers.

Find out what happened in June