Tessa Munt MP joins ‘Ambitious About Autism’

Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, joined young people with autism and their families to launch ‘Ambitious about Autism’ in the Houses of Parliament, confirming support for three key ambitions:

  • More and better services for children with autism
  • Improving awareness and understanding about autism
  • Influencing policy for the better for children with autism

Young people with autism are amongst the most excluded from society and face many barriers:

  • 27% of children and young people with autism have been excluded from school
  • 4 in every 10 children and young people with autism are bullied
  • only 15 in 100 adults with autism are in paid work

‘Ambitious about Autism’ is the new name of the charity formerly known as TreeHouse.  Ambitious about Autism’s mission is to help children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve –  making the ordinary possible.

Tessa commented:

“I support Ambitious about Autism as I know there are children with autism locally who are struggling to get the support they need as a number of parents and carers have told me about the disjointed nature of autism care here in Somerset.  A little support can go a very long way for their families, and I am committed to helping children and their families get the good education and services they deserve.  I have raised these issues with Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services and Somerset County Council.”

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said:

“I’m delighted that Tessa is supporting Ambitious about Autism.  1 in 100 children in the UK have autism, so children and families everywhere are affected.  We depend on the support of committed MPs like Tessa to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism. With the right information and awareness, society will accept autism as a part of everyday life, and children with autism will be able to reach their full potential.”

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