Group of people outside, celebrating World Autism Awareness Week

We were delighted to welcome the Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, to our Birch House service in Godalming earlier today, to mark the start of World Autism Awareness Week (1-7 April 2019). She spent some time with the autistic people we support and our colleagues who run the service, before taking part in our ‘Understanding Autism’ talk.

The Minister saw some of the activities, including cooking and jewellery making. Then she joined us all at a street stall in Godalming High Street, where representatives from our charity were talking to people about World Autism Awareness Week.

Understanding Autism talk

During the talk from our Autism Access Specialist, Leo, she learnt more about autism and talked to the autistic people at the service about the issues that they face when people don’t understand them.

The Minister is the first MP to take part in this ‘Understanding Autism’ session. But we want many more MPs to be involved. Next month (1 May) we will be holding an afternoon of ‘Understanding Autism’ in Parliament for as many MPs as possible. We think it’s really important that the people who make the laws in our country understand what life can be like for the 700,000 autistic people in the UK – so they can champion the issues that matter to autistic people in their local areas as well as in Parliament.

We need your help to contact MPs to invite them to our ‘Understanding Autism’ session in Parliament next month.

Invite your MP

While the Minister was at Birch House, she also got to see some of the activities that the people there were doing, including cooking and jewellery making. Then she joined us all at a street stall in Godalming High Street, where representatives from our charity were talking to people about World Autism Awareness Week.

group of autistic adults outside holding pom-poms Minister Caroline Dinenage holding 'Understanding Autism' certificate

Minister’s Q&A – get involved

Later this week, the Minister will be answering questions on our website. If you have a question that you would like us to send to the Minister, please email it to policy@nas.org.uk.