Geoffrey Cox at Autism and Related Behaviours forum to discuss Green Paper
Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge & West Devon attended a forum for Autism and Related Behaviours at Broomhayes Special School in Bideford, organised by the school in conjunction with the National Autistic Society.
The purpose of the forum was to discuss the government’s Green Paper on Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability, which intends to respond to the frustrations of children and young people, their families and the professionals who work with them.
Geoffrey Cox said “I was delighted to attend the forum and to learn of the work the National Autistic Society is doing locally and nationally with regard to the government’s green paper. This is an area for which I have a special interest and one that I have campaigned on a great deal since my election.
“There is a long way to go, the Green Paper is on the right track but we need the full details. In my opinion Devon needs a Specialist Diagnostic Centre, which reaches out to children and young adults in our rural communities, giving them a diagnosis as early as possible.
“The National Autistic Society has strong evidence to suggest that identifying autism late in a child’s education often has a severe impact on not only their education, but worryingly their communication and social skills, and mental and physical health. Early intervention and support is therefore extremely important.”
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