The appeal went out to the Labour Party at the 2003 Labour Party Conference held in Bournemouth in October.
Ivan Corea met the Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chancellor Gordon Brown, Health Minister Dr.Stephen Ladyman and other
Earlier the Chancellor Gordon Brown said he wanted to share the pain of the people. Ivan Corea urged the Chancellor to
feel the pain of parents, carers and the autistic community.
'We need Labour politicians to speak out for parents,
carers and autists who need more public services in health, education, specialist speech therapy and respite care,' said Ivan
Corea in Bournemouth.
The Minister for Children Margaret Hodge speaking at an autism fringe meeting at the Labour
Party Conference stated that it will take 10 years until the National Service Frameworks for Children is implemented.
what do we do until then, my son is 7 he has no specialist speech therapy does this mean I will have to wait 10 years for
public services - parents, carers and autists find it unacceptable,' said Ivan Corea.
The Coreas urged real and urgent
action. Autism is a time bomb waiting to happen. The UK media seems to focus only on the MMR Controversy. But what about the
520,000 people who desperately need public services. Our children have no specialist speech therapy, no real classroom support
in many areas of the UK, no respite care for parents and carers.
'Public services do need reforming, but autistic
children and adults are suffering and struggling without ANY public services,' said Ivan Corea.
Time and time again
parents, carers and autists come up against a wall of indifference, apathy and cost cutting. It is absolutely immoral - autistic
children and adults are being denied their fundamental human right tp public services - in many areas of the UK, despite Prime
Minister Tony Blair's strong comments on equality of opportunity and social justice.
Tony Blair, to his credit is
the first British Prime Minister ever to talk about autism. Parents, carers and Autists are urging the Prime Minister to take
urgent action and provide the Autistic Community with public services.
The Autism Awareness Campaign UK have called
upon the Government with the support of the Labour Party to -
* set up an AUTISM REGISTER in the UK where every Autistic
child and adult is registered.
* Schools should be the focus for co-ordinating the SERVICE PROVISION for each and
every autistic child in the UK. If there are gaps, local councils, local education authorities and NHS Trusts must be held
accountable. At the moment there is confusion as to who provides what for autistic children.
*Schools should organise
regular meetings - every term - of health, education, social services, speech therapy services, voluntary sector, parents
and carers, so that they could meet together to assess and evaluate the progress of every autistic child. Joint working and
joined up thinking is absolutely crucial where autistic children are concerned.
*Leisure services are virtually non-existent
for people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in the UK.The Autism Awareness Campaign in the UK have appealed to Margaret
Hodge, the Minister for Children to order and urgent review of leisure services for people with disabilities. In some areas,
parents and carers have had to beg for swimming lessons from their local pool for autistic children as many centres do not
have any provision for children with SEN.
*The DfES must come up with special assessments for autistic children who
are unable or are not entred for GCSE and A Level examinations. At the moment there are no qualifications for autistic children
andadults. The DfES must also initiate a UK RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT - for every autistic child and adult -informing potential
employers the positive skills bank an autistic person has - in order for them to access the world of work.
people need special schemes into further education and higher education.
*We need tougher new laws on discrimination
and employment - where people with disabilities are concerned.
*The Government must safeguard the rights of autistic
people where the Anti-Social bill and the Mental Health Act is concerned.
These are only a few concerns shared
by Ivan and Charika Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign in the United Kingdom. They have urged Tony Blair, the leader and
the Labour Party to re-connect with people with Disabilities, including the Autistic Community.
|The campaign presented their concerns to Junior Health Minister Dr.Stephen Ladyman at the Conference
|We raised our concerns with Minister for Children Margaret Hodge