Act Now for Autism supporting statement

  Received from Carole Rutherford on behalf of Act Now for Autism The Welfare Reform Bill is impacting in a negative way within the autism community both financially and emotionally. We fully support the team at Pat’s Petition. There has never been a greater need to pause before continuing with measures that are having a catastrophic impact within our community. Adults and families living with autism are finding it harder to cope with the changes every day.  We were told that the reforms would ensure that those with the greatest needs would be taken care of, this is not what is happening. We are hearing from adults with autism on a daily basis who are terrified about the prospect of a face to face assessment without anyone to enable them to communicate effectively. Adults with autism do not have the ‘historic’ evidence or otherwise that we are hearing will be necessary.  The bedroom tax is set to have a massive impact on families who cannot safely allow a child with autism to share a bedroom with their siblings. Families are going to be penalised for having a child with a disability. It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the disabled. Our current Government is morally bankrupt.  We need to be assured that Labour will not show the same lack or care and understanding towards the sick, needy...

Jan Cole – Asperger East Anglia

As a charity supporting individuals, and their families, who are affected by Asperger syndrome; we are very concerned that changes in the benefits system will add yet more confusion and anxiety for vulnerable people. Most adults with Asperger syndrome would like to have a job, but frequently find it difficult to gain and maintain employment. Trying to keep up with the constant changes in how to apply for support and benefits can only lead to more people in crisis and more costs for statutory services. Jan Cole, Carers and Parents Support – Asperger East...

Bury Autistic Parents Society

We are in full support of your campaign and believe what the coalition is doing is disgraceful. It seems anything can be redefined to order whether it’s economics, poverty or disability.  Next they will tell us the earth is flat ! We are in full support of your campaign and believe what the coalition is doing is disgraceful. It seems anything can be redefined to order whether it’s economics, poverty or disability.  Next they will tell us the earth is flat !...