Parliament is going to have another Autism Debate, which I believe will be on 21 March.
The main NAS site has a form to complete to invite your MP to attend this debate.
I think we should all complete the form, altering the main text to state our own personal experiences which we have had in being autistic. Yes, three quarters of MPs might not attend this debate, having 'better things to do', but they are our representatives and whether they attend the debate or not we may make them think about the problems we face. They are our lawmakers, they are the ones who can deal with discrimination, they are the ones who make laws on how PIP is organised, they are the ones who can make diagnosis easier and faster.
Mention the difficulties you have - at work, with official bodies, with getting services. And your MP should reply to you, so post your replies if you do get one. This is one thing that can make a difference.. We should be lobbying MPs, writing to Newspapers and complaining. There will always be the apathetic who do not think it will make a difference but inaction certainly won't make a difference.
And it may just make your MP understand.
The link to the page is here:
Thank you for sharing this information.
I for one had no idea such a meeting was taking place.
I do now thanks to you. I will also write the form out and send it to my MP, did that once before and got a lot of good feedback after it from the MP who didn’t actually go but forwarded me the transcript if what was debated and that was good.
take care Trainspotter, mr Brains .
I second what Lonewarrior has to say about this. Thanks for drawing my attention to it Trainspotter.
Done. My MP is useless though. I wrote a letter about quack cures, Emma Dalmayne's campaign and got a pretty generic response. I know a few more people in my ward that have kids with autism, so I'll get them to spread the word too.
Let's hope for the best!
Time is ticking away for you to contact your MP using the form, as the debate is only five days away at the time of posting this (Debate is scheduled for 21 March).
I urge everyone to do this since the more MPs attend, the more that they will be informed of how autism affects their constituents. And if possible do not simply use the form as it is, but edit it (you can do this before finally sending it) to explain the difficulties you have come across.
Every little helps ... there is currently about four forms for every MP on average ... lets push that up as much as we can with real problems from real autistic people, not the fantasy world that politicians often live in.
Also, share the link in the original post on social media, if you subscribe to such things as Facepack and Tweeter. If the message went fungal it might reach those not only who are autistic but who have autistic siblings, children or friends to invite their MPs. Messages going fungal have to start somewhere!
Already done mine, good to keep highlighting though.