Jon Cruddas has thrown his support behind a campaign by local mother Fay Hough to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

Fay, whose family has been affect by the disorder, has launched a campaign aiming to spread awareness of autism among the general public. Although 1 in 100 people in the UK today live with the disorder, there is still a way to go in terms of increasing the public’s understanding of the issue and in challenging many of the misconceptions surrounding it.

Seeking medical help or visiting hospitals can be particularly difficult for individuals living with ASD as their behaviours can often be misunderstood and they can find it difficult to express themselves. Fay was recently left shocked by the poor treatment that her son received at a local hospital and chose to launch her awareness campaign.

In conjunction with the National Autistic Society, Fay is now promoting the ‘Hospital Passport’ scheme. The scheme allows those with ASD to fill out a form that will enable hospital staff to deal with their particular needs more effectively. The ‘Hospital Passport’ form can be found here: http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/out-and-about/my-hospital-passport.aspx and you can join the Facebook campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/AwarenessForAutismPage 

Jon said: “Fay is a total inspiration. Families and individuals affected by ASD know just how challenging it can be at times- and their lives are not helped by lack of awareness about its causes and consequences. Fay is building something incredibly positive- promoting understanding of this much misunderstood disorder.” 

Jon, who has been a long time ASD campaigner both nationally and locally was thrilled to be able to offer his support for the campaign. Jon is the Patron of ‘Act Now For Autism’ –a core group of people passionate about the future and well-being of children and adults with autism and associated conditions in the UK.