The Autism Act 2009 committed the Government to publishing an adult autism strategy to transform services for adults with autism. And this commitment was met on 3rd March 2010 with the publication of the first ever strategy for improving the lives of adults with autism in England.
The strategy set out a number of key actions and recommendations for central Government as well as for local authorities, the NHS and Jobcentre Plus, focusing on five key areas:
- Increasing awareness and understanding of autism
- Developing a clear and consistent pathway for diagnosis
- Improving access to the services and support people need to live independently within the community
- Enabling local partners to develop relevant services to meet identified needs and priorities.
Note: this was introduced by the Labour Government.
The Labour Party Neurodivergent launch meeting took place on Saturday 9th February 2019 in London. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Emma Lewell-Buck MP were present.
Neurodivergent Labour aims to develop socialist policy on neurological diversity; to win support for Labour among neurodivergent people and their supporters; to campaign against discrimination, exclusion, oppression and injustice and for equality for neurodivergent people; to provide support to neurodivergent Labour Party members who are experiencing discrimination; and to work to make the Labour Party more accessible to its neurodiverse membership.
We endorse the Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto and will campaign for its implementation by a Labour government. We look forward to deciding at a future time that the term ‘neurodiversity’ is widely-enough understood to rename the document the Labour Party Neurodiversity Manifesto.