Reilly Proposes ASD Bill In Seanad

Reilly Autism chequePictured two years ago at the presentation of a cheque for almost E304,000 for Irish Autism Action, at The Cottage Kids Playschool in Lusk, are Dr James Reilly (then Minister for Children), Kevin Whelan (CEO Irish Autism Action) and Amanda Corcoran (Manager, Cottage Kids Playschool), with the children dressed up as pirates

An Oireachtas Bill titled, “Autism Spectrum Disorder Bill 2017”, seeking a National Strategy for all persons, children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, was published recently in Seanad Éireann by local Senator Dr James Reilly. The Bill was formally proposed on Wednesday, 17th May in Seanad Eireann by Senator James Reilly and Fine Gael senators. In proposing the bill, Dr Reilly said, “I need your support to lobby all Oireachtas members, Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, to ensure that this bill passes and a National Strategy is put in place to ensure that those affected by this syndrome receive the necessary resources and support they deserve throughout their lives,” said. Dr. Reilly, who is a local GP in Lusk.

He continued, “The purpose of this bill is to address the inconsistency which exists across the State in respect of both the availability of services and the type of services, which are available to children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.”

It also aims to provide for the development and implementation of a cross Departmental, multi-agency ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategy’. Such a strategy will set out how the needs of persons with autism spectrum disorder are to be addressed throughout their lives. The development of the Strategy will be led by the Minister for Health,” he said.

”National Strategy Plans for Autism have been implemented in countries such as England, France, Scotland, Canada, Wales, Denmark and Hungary. The time has come for Ireland to have a National Strategy Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Let’s make this happen together.

“Up to midday last Wednesday, 17th May, there were 11,341 people supporting this bill via an online petition at change.org. Please log on and support the bill at the link below and tell your friends,” he concluded