SDLP urges response to Autism strategy and action plan

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Saturday, December 8th, 2012
SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh and Chair of the Assembly’s All Party Group on Autism has urged groups and individuals to respond to the Autism Strategy and Action Plan which is currently being consulted on by the Department of Health. Commenting on the document Mr Bradley said, “The Strategy sets out the strategic direction for the further development of services and support for people with autism, their families and carers. The Action Plan contains the key actions with associated timescales for the delivery of these services and support over the initial two year period 2013 – 2015. “The documents acknowledge and recognise the need for cross –departmental working. It is very important that groups and individuals with an interest in autism respond to this document. The Cross Departmental NI Autism Strategy set up under The Autism Act (NI) 2011 which I sponsored is the outworking of the Act. He added, “It is of the utmost importance that we all respond to the consultation to help ensure that nothing has been omitted – that all the points raised have been included. This is a unique opportunity for the autism community along with its advocacy groups, and other agencies to have their say. “It is important that families have their say either through their advocacy groups or in their own right. The consultation document can be accessed at
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