Please sign and pass on to people you know.
Signed it - though I'm not sure how useful these petitions are. But this is a necessary step. Autism understanding in MH is woefully inadequate. Even qualified psychiatrists don't often know what they're dealing with - relying on stereotypical ideas of hand-flapping, rocking, repetitive behaviour patterns, etc. I'm sure it's the reason many people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, then kicked down into support services that treat symptoms, not causes (as I was, many times).
Also shared on social media.
Done! Training in schools would also be very beneficial... I've had the "well we're all a little bit autistic" line trotted out to me twice when I alerted my eldest son's primary school that I thought he might be on the spectrum.
And in special needs care. I've been told by a carer 'That's not autism... everyone does that!'
awful!... ignorance of our condition is everywhere... GPs seem to vary widely too, I was lucky and got a clued up one when I requested a diagnosis but it seems from reading these forums that there are some very ignorant ones around.
...and I had an open-minded one who was prepared to go along with the findings of my therapist without question. She's been very supportive since - even though it's clear that it's a foreign language to her!