Those with autism who feel their rights are been denied should have greater recourse to legal redress following the introduction of a new Autism Legal Network. Launched by the National Autistic Society (NAS), the Network will see the charity ramp up its campaigning in the courts.
The Network aims to champion the rights of people with autism through the legal system and influence government policy. “We’ll be working with lawyers to try and set legal precedents and create real and lasting change for people with this serious, lifelong and disabling condition”, said NAS Chief Executive Mark lever.
The NAS is particularly keen to take on cases aimed at tackling the problems faced by the over 70 per cent of children with autism who also have mental health problems. This follows the findings of a recent NAS survey which revealed that roughly two thirds of children with the condition do not receive sufficient help from mental health services.