I have asked before on this blog, who speaks up for those with cerebral palsy.
Once again I notice the energy and focus the National Autistic Society brings to speaking up for their people. NAS has launched "Careless" - a campaign in response to the Government's guidance (6th June) to local authorities to help them decide who will be eligible for social care across England, as part of their Care Act.
NAS says "these new measures fail to adequately recognise the basic needs of many adults with autism who need social care support, such as staying safe, building relationships or being verbally prompted to carry out tasks."
With "Careless", NAS urges "Let's make sure autism is taken into account before the guidance is finalised later this year."
Imagine if one had read "Let's make sure cerebral palsy is taken into account before the guidance is finalised later this year." Why does that seem so unlikely?
Well, at last we may be seeing the first stirrings of a group that could eventually do so. It's very early days yet but with its first Parliamentary evidence session just held, Action Cerebral Palsy is preparing to speak up and speak out, with energy and focus.