Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire pushed a giant button as she pledged her support for a campaign aimed at improving the lives of adults with autism in West Lancashire and across England.
Nicknamed ‘Jenson’, the big travelling button is the mascot of the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) ‘Push for Action’ campaign, aimed at improving support for adults with autism across England.
More than one in every hundred people has autism, meaning there are around 460,000 adults in England with the lifelong developmental disability. The Autism Act was passed in 2009 with the intention of ensuring they got the everyday support they need.
Four years on, despite good progress in some parts of the country, many with the condition are still waiting. In a recent survey, 70% of adults with autism said they do not receive the support they need from social services. Additionally:
- Only 10% receive social skills training, yet 55% would like to receive it
- Only 10% receive employment support, yet 55% would like to receive it
- Only 17% have access to a social group, yet 42% would like to have access to one
MP Rosie is supporting ‘Push for Action’ to make sure adults with autism in West Lancashire and across England can access support. After having a go at pushing ‘Jenson’ the button, Rosie met people with autism at the event in Parliament to discuss the campaign.
Rosie Cooper, MP said:
“For many people with autism if they don’t have the right support they can struggle with the everyday activities that many of us take for granted. I hope I can count on the support of local people in the area to push the button and get behind the National Autistic Society’s ‘Push for Action’ campaign, so that we can improve life for adults with the condition.”
Mark Lever, Chief Executive for the National Autistic Society, said:
“The big red button is a bit of fun, but it also carries a very serious message. Many adults with autism have been waiting a long time to get the everyday support that they need.
“We’ve seen great strides forward in some parts of the country since 2009, but progress has been too slow and too patchy.
“Decision makers from Whitehall to town halls must make adults with autism a priority again so that support is put in place for all who need it.
“The Government's Autism Act review gives people with autism a second chance to be heard - we need to make it count.”