Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
Last week I met with a number of constituents at my first dedicated advice surgery for autistic people and their families which was held at the Create Centre. This follows my neighbour Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol Westholding Britain’s first MP surgery specifically for autistic people last September, and a recent backbench debate on Autism Awareness which I attended.
Many important themes were raised including a lot on how we can make public spaces more autism friendly, so not being overwhelming in terms of noise and business, and the inclusion of quiet spaces, as well as a lack of relevant support for many autistic people.
The National Autistic Society have published advice on the pledges everyone can make for autistic people, in a variety of situations. Please give it a look to find out what small actions could reduce the overload autistic people face.