The campaign aims to get autism on the agenda of political candidates at this crucial time by encouraging conversations, in the form of candidate coffee mornings, between candidates and people affected by autism.
Right from the start, we want candidates to understand that autism is an important issue in their constituency so that if they are elected they can help us to campaign for the changes we all want to see.
By organising a candidate coffee morning, our supporters can help would-be MPs across the UK to understand all about autism and the issues that are most important to people with autism in their communities.
NAS Chief Executive, Mark Lever, said:
When The National Autistic Society has successfully campaigned for changes to benefit people with autism both locally and nationally, we’ve usually needed the support of politicians.
These politicians tell me they support us with our campaigns because of the stories they’ve heard from their constituents about living with autism. They care about our issues because they know that they’re important to the people they represent.
In the weeks and months before the election on 7 May, all sorts of people will contact candidates to ask them to support their causes. So, how can we make sure autism is one of their priorities? By taking the time to sit down with them, face to face, for a conversation that will cut through the noise and be a memorable experience for them.”
We will also be working with our branches to organise several hustings events to hold local candidates to account.
Visit the I’m One homepage to find out more and take part.