Support autistic children says MP

Gordon Marsden MP

Gordon Marsden MP

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A CAMPAIGN to support children with autism and their families is being backed by Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden.

Mr Marsden is among those to have signed a Parliamentary motion urging the Government to look closely at a report compiled as part of the National Autistic Society’s Great Expectations campaign, and act on its recommendations.

Blackpool has higher than average numbers of children with learning difficulties.

Mr Marsden said: “Having been a long time campaigner for improved support for children with autism and their families, I am happy to add my support to this latest campaign from the National Autistic Society.

“It’s vital the new Government’s Special Educational Needs reforms make things easier, not harder for them.

“Here in Blackpool where a range of circumstances can lead to us having larger than average numbers of young people with special educational needs, we are fortunate to have an organisation like Tiggers.

“I’ve seen for myself the success the scheme has had in providing exciting opportunities and activities for children with autism and offering much welcomed support to their families.

“It’s crucial the Government does everything it can to allow these organisations to flourish and to ensure the system, both within and outside education, is best set up to support these groups.”

The National Autistic Society has recently published its Great Expectations report which calls on the Government to act to ensure better support frameworks are put in place for children with autism and their families.