Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the Scottish Government’s financial boost for The Autism Development Fund which is set to be increased from £1m to £1.5m per year.
The fund allows organisations to apply for money for projects that make a difference to the lives of people with autism and their families.
Initiatives that provide work experience for young people with autism and support for young adults who are moving into independent living will be the beneficiaries of the increased funding.
“This is great news for people with autism and their families in East Kilbride who I know work hard to ensure people with autism have the best opportunities to reach their full potential.
“Even more projects will receive money thanks to this funding boost and that will help people affected first and second hand by autism.
“Everyone on the autism spectrum should be respected, accepted and valued by their communities. Autistic children and adults and their families must have confidence in services to treat them fairly so that they are able to have meaningful and satisfying lives.
“The hike of £500,000 to bring funding up to £1.5m will go some way to supporting these projects up and down the country.”
The Scottish Strategy for Autism was launched last year with £13.4 million over four years to implement its recommendations.
Scottish Government Autism strategy can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/01120340/0