Autistic people will see services brought into the mainstream by changes to the way they are treated, it has been claimed.
Reforms would ensure that people with autism in Northern Ireland are included in disability legislation and that comprehensive services are provided to them and their families from their earliest years through the course of their lives on a cross-departmental basis.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder which affects the way a person communicates with other people. There are difficulties with the ability to understand and predict other people's intentions and behaviour and to imagine situations outside of their own routines. This can be accompanied by a narrow repetitive range of activities.
SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley is piloting the Autism Bill Northern Ireland through the Assembly
See also Autism Northern Ireland