It is with great sadness that the National Autistic Society this week heard of the passing of Campbell Main, who died on the 2nd of January, 2018.
A father to a son on the spectrum, Campbell was a staunch campaigner for the rights of people on the autism spectrum. During his many years as a champion for autistic people, Campbell fought for improvements to local services in his home county of Somerset and made real changes to the support landscape in the area for people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Campbell also worked with our charity and others in our campaign for the introduction of the Autism Act, which has helped change the way in which autism services are commissioned by councils and the local NHS. He was also part of the External Reference Group, which advised the Government on what should be in the first adult autism strategy for England, arguing forcefully for advocacy and individualised help and support.
As well as campaigning fiercely for the rights and respect of people on the autism spectrum, Campbell also took a hands on role in providing direct support in his voluntary work as Somerset National Autistic Society Branch Chair in its early years and later as founder of Autism Somerset, an organisation which provides information and support to families of people with autism across the county. Campbell was the very best and strongest ally of autistic people and he will be missed by us all.