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DUP MLA and Chair of the Autism APG, Pam Cameron, has today brought her Autism private member's bill for it's first reading in the Assembly Chamber.

Speaking afterwards, Mrs Cameron said "As Chair of the All-Party Group on Autism, I was delighted to introduce my Autism Amendment Bill to the Assembly this evening.

This Bill seeks to make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of autistic people and their families.

It aims to strengthen the original Autism Act (2011) with the creation of an ‘Autism Reviewer’ post, whose role will include scrutinising the effectiveness of the autism strategy, funding and commissioning of independent research. The Bill will also develop new Autism training opportunities for NI Departments and other public bodies, a new Northern Ireland wide early intervention service and creates an accessible autism information service for autistic people, their families, carers and professionals.

I want to thank Autism NI and the members of the all-party group who have worked so hard to get us to this important stage."