Autism

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:42 pm on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Opposition Whip (Commons) 1:42 pm, 29th March 2018

It is truly a pleasure to follow Robert Halfon, who made an informed and inspiring speech. I also salute Dame Cheryl Gillan for her inspiring leadership and for securing this debate.

My constituency team has put making the world an autism-friendly place at the heart of what we do. We have held an autism-specific constituency surgery, and we encourage other MPs to do the same. We have run a roundtable for employers, and I speak to businesses about what they can do to increase access to jobs for people with autism. We work closely with the National Autistic Society and local organisations such as the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service, SEND a Welcome, and Autism Independence.