Proposed Private Members' Bill on Autism

The Autism Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Pam Cameron MLA and Chairperson of the All Party Group on Autism, is supported by the All Party Group (APG) and intends to amend the Autism Act (NI) 2011.
 
The Autism Act (NI) 2011 provided for a government autism strategy (to be renewed and progressed every 7 years) for Northern Ireland with requirements to collect data, implement cross-departmental services and engage with families.  In addition, the legislation made changes to the Disability Discrimination Act (NI) that addressed inequality of protection for autistic individuals.
 
Ms Cameron proposes to provide an oversight function and a new funding model to guarantee independent scrutiny and drive forward the strategic implementation of dedicated services (Helpline, Early Intervention, Adult Services, Research) within the context of a funding mechanism that reflects the actual data gathered on autism prevalence and incidence in Northern Ireland.
 
Ms Cameron is now consulting you on her proposal to gauge your support and with the help of your experience to refine her proposal.
 
To view the consultation document: Proposed Private Members' Bill on Autism, please click the following link; https://tinyurl.com/y2wlufjp.
 
Please give your views below. When you comment, try in particular to share alternatives or adjustments to the proposal which would make you more supportive of it.
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