Thursday, 19 February 2015

Ambitious About Autism

I have emailed mailto:campaigns@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk to say that I support the campaign "ambitious about autism" General Election pledge. 

My son is under 3 and some people have suspected he is on the autism spectrum. We have to wait and see. So this campaign is close to my heart. 

Dear Mr Windisch,

I am writing as a constituent of Wokingham to ask you to sign up and pledge to improve the lives of children and young people with autism. 

Children and young people with autism are less likely than their peers to access high quality childcare, education, employment or training. Much progress has already been made but we know much more must be done if children with autism are to learn, thrive and achieve. 

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism.

We need to act now because:

- 83% of parent carers say a lack of suitable childcare is the main barrier to paid work

- 4 in 10 children with autism have been excluded informally and therefore illegally during their time at school

- only 1 in 4 young people with autism access education or training beyond school  
Missing out on education leads to poor life outcomes for young people with autism, difficulty for parents to stay in work, and long-term costs to society. 

By signing Ambitious about Autism's General Election pledge you are agreeing to: 

• make sure that children with autism and their families are able to access high quality childcare and early years education 

• make sure every child and young person with autism has access to a good quality, full-time school place and is taught by teachers who have received autism awareness training

• commit to reducing the numbers of young people with autism who are out of education, employment or training

Please let me know if you will pledge your support, to help improve the lives of children and young people with autism in our area. 

Please email campaigns@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk with a sentence stating your support for the pledge. 

Many thanks in advance for your help on this vital issue.

Sincerely,

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