Why Campaign?

  “Why does a tragedy have to happen before there is a public outcry? Why does there have to be a strong public outcry before our community demands action from government? How do we ensure government action results in equality and fundamental reform instead of short term fixes for Autism?”

Banner.jpgThe answers lie in “getting involved”. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! Well, campaigning is just about many people asking once they realise there is a common problem, issue or cause that has a consensus of opinion on a solution, remedy or redress.

The “getting involved” idea means working together, not just for one child or adult with Autism – but for all and for future generations. Now, that’s a campaign!

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Since Autism NI was formed in 1990, parents and dedicated professionals have led the way at every stage in developing decent services for children and adults with ASD. More recently, the equality for Autism campaign has been led by families including people with ASD, tackling the fundamental policy and legislative barriers to recognition and provision, e.g. in 2009, Parents Autism Lobby (PAL) was formed, later to become a sub-committee of Autism NI in November 2010. 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
— Margaret Mead