Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP visits Ambitious about Autism

(from left to right): Cian Binchy, Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Patron; Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism; Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP; Martin Hewitt, parent of a pupil supported by Ambitious Support; and Hong Thanh, parent of pupil supported by Ambitious Support.

(from left to right): Cian Binchy, Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Patron; Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism; Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP; Martin Hewitt, parent of a pupil supported by Ambitious Support; and Hong Thanh, parent of pupil supported by Ambitious Support.

Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP visited Ambitious about Autism today to meet young people with autism and speak to parents whose children are supported by its post -16 service Ambitious Support. He also met Cian Binchy, a Youth Patron for Ambitious about Autism.

The Children’s and Families Minister toured the charity and its flagship service TreeHouse School and took part in a roundtable discussion with parents and Cian Binchy about the special educational needs and disability reforms currently going through Parliament. He also watched TreeHouse School pupils take part in a Maths lessons and work in the school’s allotment.

Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families, said:

“Our reforms through the Children and Families Bill will ensure that every young person with special educational needs gets the quality education they need as they progress from school to adulthood and independence.

Seeing for myself the young people at Ambitious about Autism learning essential skills like Maths, and demonstrating their employability, highlighted what individuals with autism and complex needs can achieve with the right support.”

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said:

“We were delighted to welcome the Children’s Minister to Ambitious about Autism and TreeHouse School to meet parents and discuss how the special educational needs reforms will affect their lives. It shows the Minister’s commitment to improving services for children with autism and their families that he listened to their concerns and spent time discussing the priorities for implementing the changes.

We know many families still struggle to get the right support for their children and hope the Children and Families Bill will change this for the better. The reforms have the potential to transform opportunities for young people with autism to move into positive adult lives, and we want to support the Minister in making the final changes to the Children and Families Bill and the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice to ensure this potential is realised.”

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. The charity provides services, raises awareness and understanding, and campaigns to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism. Find out more at www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

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