Health and Wellbeing – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 28th June 2007.
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support and promote the work of the Scottish Society for Autism. (S3O-398)
We recognise the real contribution that the Scottish Society for Autism and other voluntary organisations make to improving the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders and their families throughout Scotland.
The Scottish Government works collaboratively with the Scottish Society for Autism, along with other voluntary sector organisations, service users and carers, on groups such as the national ASD reference group and the ASD education working group to develop appropriate and responsive services for people on the autism spectrum. We
Will the minister ensure that public bodies—in particular, local authorities—are made fully aware of the excellence of New Struan school at the headquarters of the Scottish Society for Autism in Alloa in my constituency, and of the cutting-edge nature of that facility and the learning experience that is offered to children there? Will she accept my standing invitation to come and visit the society and New Struan school at any time?
I agree with Keith Brown's comments about New Struan school, which provides excellent services. I encourage local authorities and other public bodies to use those services, and I am happy to accept the invitation to visit the school.