Jonathan has pledged his support for a new campaign from the National Autistic Society (NAS) at a launch event in Parliament.
The “Push for Action” campaign, which is aimed at improving the support available to adults with autism, has been launched in response to a recent NAS survey which found that many adults with autism are missing out on the support that they need.
Of the 1100 people who took part in the survey over half said they would like help finding work, but only 1 in 10 received any such support.
This was matched by similarly poor results relating to the number of people saying they needed help with day to day tasks such as washing and dressing, or managing money.
These findings come despite the existence of the Autism Act 2009, which was intended to address issues regarding availability of support for people living with autism.
The NAS research concluded that whilst some improvements have been made, too many people are still left waiting for the help they need.
Mr Reynolds, who is Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, said, “This year the Government is reviewing the impact of the Autism Act to evaluate the effect of this legislation since it was introduced in 2009.”
“Without the right support many autistic people can struggle with the kind of everyday tasks most of us take for granted.”
“The point of the Push for Action campaign is to ensure that any review is focused on how to improve access to support services, and improve the life chances of people living with autism throughout England.”
Commenting on the launch of the campaign, NAS Chief Executive, Mark Lever said: “It’s great news that Jonathan is championing this important campaign. Adults with autism have been waiting a long time to get the everyday support that they need.”
“The Government’s Autism Act review gives people with autism a second chance to be heard – we need to make it count.”