Going to say something along the lines of 'autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder too. What we really need is a bill for both'! Or something like that. Will show yous a copy of my letter before I send it. ;D
The Education Committee of the Scottish Parliament effectively killed off the Autism (Scotland ) Bill by not supporting it at their meeting of 17 December 2010. The vote in the Scottish Parliament took place on 12 January (5 for 109 against). The committee report stated that the Bill is “not likely to bring significant improvements to service provision” and “the obligations under the Bill are not robust enough to achieve meaningful difference to service provision for people with autism.”
It was a classic case of you are - dammed if you ask for too much and dammed if you ask for too little.
Main argument against, was that the Bill did not address the fundamental issue of ineffective implementation by NHS trusts, of the estimated 50,000 people in Scotland with Autism and ASD only 7,500 are known to the NHS. The Bill didn’t define Autism and ASD and left it for later development by the Scottish Government to make the definition, neither did it exclude other pervasive developmental disorders. In effect adult ADHD could be included in the remit covered by the Bill if the Government should so choose.
Partial success, is that when the Bill was first introduced 26 May 2010 it asked for a Scottish Government Strategy on Autism. The strategy was published on 9 September, which achieved one of the objectives, but effectively took away some of the validity of the Bill.
I really like the Buddhist prayer given at the start of the days proceedings, on 12 Jan:
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May they all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May they all enjoy true happiness which is free from even the slightest suffering, And may they all develop equanimity without preference for loved ones and aversion towards others