Presentation of The Autism Dividend in Wales
On 1st February, the National Autism Project report, The Autism Dividend: Reaping the Rewards of Better Investment was presented at an event in the Senedd of the National Assembly for Wales. The event was kindly sponsored by Dr Dai Lloyd AM, who welcomed the findings of the report and expressed his hope that its recommendations would be useful in supporting the efforts being made in Wales to meet the needs of autistic people. He reminded the audience that Wales was the first country in the world to launch an all-age ASD Strategic Action Plan in 2008. Hilary Gilfoy, ex-CEO of Autistica, and an advisor to NAP, then introduced the project, its origins and its goals.
We were pleased by the number of people who attended the event, especially the Assembly Members, Dr Dai Lloyd and Mark Isherwood.
The main part of the report was translated into Welsh and can be downloaded from this website.
The National Autism Project team would like to thank Gareth Morgan from ASCC for all his help in setting up this successful and enjoyable event.
Presentation of The Autism Dividend in Scotland
On 2nd February, The Autism Dividend was presented at a similar event in the Scottish Parliament building. We are grateful to Graeme Dey MSP for sponsoring the event and speaking so positively about the report. Dr Ian Ragan again introduced the report and its recommendations.
As many of the participants had taken advantage of the magnificent round table seating of the Burns Room, Graeme Dey orchestrated a lively Q&A session after the speeches as can be seen by the photos.
Particular thanks go to Alan Somerville and Charlene Tait from Scottish Autism for their invaluable help in organising the event.
Presentation of The Autism Dividend in Northern Ireland
The plan announced to hold a launch event in Belfast on 14th February was rather disrupted by the sudden announcement of a NI Assembly election on 2nd March. Since all the members (MLAs) would have been in purdah and unable to attend the event, we took a reluctant decision on advice from Autism NI to postpone the meeting. We fully intend to honour our commitment to make NAP a truly UK-wide project and propose a NAP progress meeting in Ireland, rather than a launch, at some date to be agreed.