Local MSP shows his support for World Autism Awareness Week

Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don
Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don

Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don, has demonstrated his support for World Autism Awareness Week in the Scottish Parliament.

During a recent debate on autism, the MSP spoke about what happens to people with autism once they have leave full time education.

He commented: “There are quite a number of young men who are just coming out of school who struggle to get on - whether to get into a voluntary position or into work.

“They may well become shut in - that is the term that is used - which means that they essentially retreat to home, often to the bedroom, and are very difficult to get out.

“The difficulty, as it has been explained to me, is that although the Government provides funding, which is very welcome and is good at getting those young folk from voluntary activity into employment, it appears that the funding is not to be available to get them from ‘shut-in-ness’.”

Mr Don went on to refer the issue of adults being left undiagnosed.

He continued: “In many places there does not - to put it more bluntly than some might do - seem to be much prospect of an adult actually being diagnosed.

“We often have bright folk, including high-achieving graduates, who have social difficulties but who are not going to be diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum.

“Because they do not tick any of the other social work or welfare boxes, they do not get help that would be useful to them and that might well help them not to develop the mental illnesses that might subsequently bring them into the system.”

For more information on World Autism

Awareness week, please visit www.autism.org.uk/Get-involved/Raise-money/World-Autism-Awareness-Week.aspx