UKAF launches a Keep The Promise Autism Awareness Campaign

3 Jun

The UK Autism Foundation is issuing a call to all supporters to back the Foundation’s new ‘Keep The Promise‘ Autism Awareness Campaign that we are launching. We first started the Autism Awareness Campaign in 2000 but we feel that there is a great deal of unfinished business on autism in the United Kingdom and we are appealing to the new Prime Minister David Cameron to take firm and decisive action on autism. Prime Minister Cameron has promised to help and protect the vulnerable. We now ask the Prime Minister to KEEP THE PROMISE and support the 500,000 people with autism.

Please support UKAF’s Autism Awareness Campaign by writing letters to the following – for the cost of a few stamps you too can make a difference by ‘Standing Up for Autism.’ We have been campaigning non-stop since 2000. Her Majesty’s Government needs to do so much more for parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in our country. Many are still suffering and struggle to access public services in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care.

Join UKAF’s ‘Keep The Promise’ Autism Awareness Campaign by writing to:

Prime Minister David Cameron
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA

PLEASE tell the Prime Minister that you are backing the UK Autism Foundation’s ‘Keep The Promise’ Autism Awareness Campaign and ask him to protect the vulnerable by supporting UKAF’s call for –

* An autism strategy for children
* An autism strategy for the elderly
* A new Autism Stakeholders Group – so there could be genuine and real partnership working with small, medium, large charities and Ministers with HM Government where everyone will feel they are equal at the top table.
* Permanent increases in the disability living allowance, the carer’s allwance, child benefit and tax credits for the Autism Community. Many carers are working over 70 hours a week and get a pitiful 72 pence an hour – this is way below a minimum. Autism is a 24 hour job and carers need more than 72 pence an hour.
* UKAF is calling for state funded autism schools and Autism Academies so that all children and young people with autism will have equality of opportunity. UKAF is calling for all avenues to be open – mainstream, special schools and specialist autism schools.
*UKAF is urging Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to reach out and help poor families with autism who are struggling to cope with life during this recession. UKAF has urged the Government to protect the vulnerable from the cuts to Public Services.

Please also send letters – with the above points to –

Rt.Hon.Nick Clegg MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall
London SW1A 2AS

Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley MP
Secretary of State
Departmentr of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London SW1A 2NS

Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State
Department of Education
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SWIP 3BT

We appeal to you to spend on a few stamps and write to the above next week, backing the UKAF’s ‘Keep The Promise’ Autism Awareness Campaign – your support will make a difference – we need decisive action on autism.

PLEASE email your friends to join the campaign and start writing these letters. Please spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and My Space and ask them to write to David Cameron to support UKAF’s ‘Keep The Promise’ Autism Awareness Campaign calling for decisive action on autism.

PLEASE support the vulnerable.

PLEASE ask your friends to join the UK Autism Foundation causes page on Facebook please invite all your friends and contacts to join this page and help and support us – we are lobbying and campaigning for the poorest sections of society.

3 Responses to “UKAF launches a Keep The Promise Autism Awareness Campaign”

  1. Katie June 5, 2010 at 00:20 #

    Would be nice to see an autism strategy for the elderly – there seems to be nothing for this population.

  2. Eleanor June 7, 2010 at 04:38 #

    Although I would wholeheartedly welcome more community support for people with disabilities, I am concerned at the focus on specific, named conditions. Autism is diagnosed by a loosely defined set of behavioural characteristics. If autism-specific support is made mandatory for public sector services already short of resources, it will become increasingly difficult for those with obvious disabilities but no diagnosis, to get the support they need.

    At present in the UK, support is supposed to be available according to need and I would like it to stay that way.


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