Angela calls on Tories to make Government buildings autism friendly

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has called on the UK Government to make Government buildings more autism friendly.

The local MP made the case in a debate in Westminster, sighting the experience of her autistic constituent attending a job centre.

Angela has campaigned for greater autism awareness for a number of years, and spoke in three separate debates on the subject over the last few months.

Commenting, Angela said:

“I wanted to use the opportunity to give my constituent a voice in Westminster.

“My constituent’s experience as a young adult attempting to enter the workplace and utilising the DWP on various occasions has been less successful than would have been expected.

“His visits to the Jobs Centre had left him feeling agitated and had an impact on his mental health.

“The accessibility of public buildings should not be exclusive to the likes of large chain supermarkets or cinemas; it should also be part of Government.

“Those who have autism and their carers face the essential challenges of everyday life. We can and must improve the Government’s own service delivery, awareness and guidance.

“I would strongly encourage the UK Government to follow the example of Scotland and develop an autism strategy to improve individual’s life experiences.”