Bradley welcomes Newry’s Autism Mums to Stormont

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Friday, December 19th, 2014
Community, Politics
SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Chair of the All Party Group on Autism Dominic Bradley recently hosted a visit of Autism Mums from Newry to Parliament Buildings at Stormont. During the meeting Autism Mums had the opportunity to raise important issues relating to Autism with the All Party Working Group on Autism which is made up of Assembly Members from across the political parties. Speaking after the meeting Bradley explained, “I was very pleased to welcome Autism Mums to Parliament Buildings today; they are a fantastic group of women who I have been working with in the constituency. “The Group had a very useful discussion with the All Party Group on important issues relating to Autism; ranging from early diagnoses to professional support and training as well as funding for the implantation of the Autism Act. “The all party group will be meeting with the Health Minister Jim Wells MLA in February and I have assured them that we will bring the issues raised by the Autism Mums directly to the Minister. “It is very important that Assembly Members hear directly from those who are using Autism services, of their real experiences and today’s engagement was extremely useful,” he continued. “I very much admire the total commitment that autism mums have to their children and their desire to ensure that the best possible services are available to them. Along with my colleagues I intend to put these issues to the Minister and to make him aware of the experiences of end users of the services. “I have invited Autism Mums to the meeting with the Minister in February and I hope that they will have the opportunity to engage with him in an informal setting. Bradley added, “I will continue to support Autism Mums and the other advocacy groups both locally in Newry and Armagh and on a regional basis until we have the type of services children deserve.”
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