Torridge MP backs autism campaign

GEOFFREY Cox, Torridge and West Devon MP, is backing a National Autistic Society (NAS) campaign to stop adults with autism being written-off by the employment and benefits system. A new report by the NAS has revealed that a third of people with the cond

GEOFFREY Cox, Torridge and West Devon MP, is backing a National Autistic Society (NAS) campaign to stop adults with autism being written-off by the employment and benefits system.

A new report by the NAS has revealed that a third of people with the condition currently live without a job and without benefits; many being forced to rely on family and friends for help. The MP pledged his support at a meeting in Parliament.

The MP, who has strongly championed improved services in Devon for those with autistic spectrum disorders, said: "People with autism have much to offer and we know that many want to work but are unable to get the help and support they need to fulfil their potential. It is crucial that people with serious, lifelong conditions such as autism get the help they need when seeking employment and are supported financially when they cannot work."

To find out more about the campaign, visit: www.autism.org.uk/dontwritemeoff


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