As we watch a number of political parties and lobby group pushing various proposals on how to deal with the failure of the State to deal with the a fire and equal delivery of services for people with Autism we have yet to see a teal plan of action to address the imbalance.
Don’t Leave Them Behind are requesting the appointment of a Autism Ombudsperson to deal with the failure of the State to provide urgent and key services for people with autism.
While the Government have announced a consultation to create a National Autism Strategy we are concerned that already we fund that the development of this plan is month away and that a Strategy itself will not be produced until late 2022/2023 .
Meanwhile people with autism and their families are living in this unjust and unfair system that has failed them significantly and which during the pandemic exposed how little State organisations cared for or about the needs of people with Autism .
People with Autism cannot wait any longer for services and supports that they are legally entitled to and certainly can’t wait until the Government deliver a Plan of action sometime in 2023.
Don’t Leave Them Behind are calling for the appointment of a new Autism Ombudsperson to champion the rights of people with Autism .
The Autism Ombudsperson would close the gap between what the State are legally required to provide and what is actually happening for people with Autism.
In- particular the Autism Ombudsperson would ensure that the ” passing the autism parcel “ by State organisation who fail to deliver services and who make it as difficult as possible for people with Autism and the families to access their rights and services including access to education, work, healthcare, and high quality social services .
The Autism Ombudsperson with have statutory authority to enact changes in law ,changes on how bodies such as the HSE and the Department of Of Heath and the Department of Education are deadline with the delivery of key and vital services for people with Autism .
The current Ombudsman and the Children’s Ombudsman are snowed under dealing with a large body of work and are also dealing with significant delays as a result of COVID 19 ,people with Autism cannot wait any longer for these critical services to be delivered to them.
Don’t Leave Them Behind are requesting that the Government working with key stakeholders ,autistic people, start to explore the potential role of the Autism Ombudsperson and to works towards an appointment of this vital office in the next number of months.