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All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism
Palace of Westminster
The Autism Awareness Campaign UK are supporting the important work in Parliament carried out by the APPGA. We have signed the APPGA Manifesto.


 The APPGA is a formal cross-party backbench group of MPs and Peers who share an interest in autism and Asperger syndrome. It was set up in February 2000. Its role is to campaign in Parliament for greater awareness of autism and Asperger syndrome, and to lobby the Government for improved services for people with autism and Asperger syndrome, and their carers.

The official objective is:

To raise awareness of issues affecting people with autism and Asperger syndrome, their families and carers; to raise Parliamentary awareness of autism; to campaign for changes to government policy to benefit people with autism and Asperger syndrome and improve diagnosis or, support for, people with autism and Asperger syndrome.

The APPGA does not have any powers to introduce legislation, nor is it part of Government.

Current officers:

Chair: Elizabeth Blackman MP
Labour MP for Erewash
Vice Chairs: Stephen Hesford MP
Labour MP for Wirral West
Tim Loughton MP
Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham
Lord Clement Jones
Liberal Democrat Health spokesman in the Lords
Secretary: Brian Cotter MP
Liberal Democrat MP for Weston-Super-Mare

Lord Astor of Hever
Conservative Health and Social Security spokesman in the Lords

If you would like more information about any aspect of the APPGA, please contact Senay Camgoz, Parliamentary Officer c/o NAS 393 City Road, London EC1V 1NG, Tel: 020 7 903 3769. Email:


APPGA Manifesto

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) was established in February 2000 to raise parliamentary awareness of autism and campaign for changes to government policy. Members of the APPGA come from all the major political parties, working together to promote the interests of people with autism and their carers. The Officers of the Group have decided that the APPGA should publish a Manifesto setting out the goals that will drive its work. This Manifesto is the result of extensive consultation within the autism movement. It is intended to complement all existing initiatives, such as Autism Europes Charter of Rights for Persons with Autism (1993) and the Autism Awareness Year Manifesto for Change (2002).

CLICK on the picture of Big Ben to view the APPGA Manifesto