Local MP stands up for autism at TreeHouse

To mark the second-ever World Autism Awareness Day, Lynne Featherstone MP on Thursday proudly ‘stood up for autism’ in a visit to the local autism education charity TreeHouse in Muswell Hill.

The charity on Thursday covered the outside walls of their new National Centre, which includes a school for 68 children and young people with autism, with the outlines of students, teachers and the Liberal Democrat MP drawn on large sheets in an effort to increase local awareness of autism.

Lynne also got a virtual tour of TreeHouse’s new information and social networking website talkaboutautism.org.uk. The site includes expert information and advice about autism as well as a moderated online community where parents of children with autism can share experiences.

Lynne Featherstone commented:

“Every child with autism deserves to get the kind of support, care and attention that children who go to the TreeHouse School get.

“But sadly, less than one in ten children on the spectrum get that kind of specialised help, and with the number of children diagnosed increasing year on year, raising awareness of the condition is more important today than ever before. It is for this reason I recently supported the Autism Private Member’s Bill to force more action from the Government on this issue.

“And that’s why I am so proud to have a fantastic place like TreeHouse just around the corner, and that’s why today I am especially proud to be standing up for autism!”

Ian Wylie, TreeHouse Chief Executive, adds:

“One in a hundred school-aged children have autism in the UK and yet the services and support available to them and their families are often woefully inadequate.

“As the national charity for autism education, TreeHouse believes that the right education is key to transforming the lives of children with autism and the lives of their families. We are delighted to have the continued support of Lynne Featherstone MP.”