At a packed reception at the Houses of Parliament, Catherine West MP, a member of the All-party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA), pledged to promote more autism awareness in Hornsey & Wood Green.
Catherine met local families and heard moving testimonies from people living with autism, a lifelong condition which affects over 3,000 people in every Parliamentary constituency.
Catherine said “I was impressed and moved by what I heard from people living with autism. Too many people are still battling to get their needs identified, diagnosed, understood and then met. As MP, I’ve already met with local campaigners and have offered my full support to help raise awareness of these issues and challenge negative public perceptions so that people with autism can achieve their full potential”
The event was attended by nearly one hundred Parliamentarians and President of the National Autistic Society, Jane Asher, who said: “Awareness of the word autism has increased dramatically since I first became involved many years ago, but understanding of this complex condition is still desperately low, that’s why I'm very grateful that so many Parliamentarians came to the event.
“Parliamentarians have the power to make a real change in the lives of those with autism by helping us to spread understanding among their local communities. I do hope they will work with us in trying to make the world a more welcoming place for those affected and their families."