Petition to make neurodiversity a separate protected characteristic in the UK

I promised to do this a while ago, and now I'm finally getting around to it. The petition will be on petition.parliament.uk. The character counts are extremely limited, so it was difficult to provide the needed information in the available space. Please let me know what you think of the text below, because this is for all of us and not just me. Note that the information I have provided (see the links) is also from a government website, so they can't really refute that.

The title of the petition is:

Make neurodiversity a separate protected characteristic.

The background I have written is:

Neurodivergent individuals, e.g. those with autism or Tourette's, often suffer discrimination due to their condition, whether or not their condition amounts to a disabilty. Making neurodiversity a protected characteristic in itself, separate from disability, would be a step in the right direction.

Here are the additional details I have written:

Neurodivergent individuals are denied both fair treatment and mental health services at a higher rate than in the general population. As a result, the unemployment and suicide rates in the neurodivergent group are disproportionately higher as well. Presently, they are obliged to prove that their condition amounts to a disability in order to be legally protected from the discrimination and mistreatment to which they so often fall victim. Further info: tinyurl.com/y829k3oh & tinyurl.com/yavfxmod.

PS I need 5 emails addresses for supporters of the petition, so if anyone is a UK citizen and willing to "officially" support the petition, please PM me. I can likely get some from people I know, but maybe not all five that I need (I don't know many people).

Thanks.

(Edited based on comments received)

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  • Hi there, I would just like to use this opportunity to say thank you to all have signed signatures for any of the petitions mentioned it is greatly appreciated. With that said, I would also like to use this time to urge you to 'spread the word' about the petitions as it can make a difference one aspect being a step in the right direction or the opposite which will lead to nothing resulted or acted upon.

    All petitions last for six months.

    Government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.

    At 100,000 signatures...

    At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

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    Signatures as it stands: 477

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    This response was given on 14 May 2018

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    Note - this is not a spam apologies for any inconvenience caused.

    For more information or other petitions visit: https://petition.parliament.uk

    Thanks again for your time and have a nice weekend.

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