Autism award for Scottish Parliament

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​Holyrood honour on World Autism Day

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2nd April 2015 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

The Scottish Parliament has become the first public building in Scotland to receive an autism access award from the National Autistic Society. 

Presiding officer Tricia Marwick MSP, accepted the award on behalf of the Scottish Parliament from Jenny Paterson, Director (Scotland) of the National Autistic Society, at Holyrood. 

The announcement was made on World Autism Awareness Day (Thursday, 2 April) and follows the introduction of a number of improvements to the visitor experience of autistic people using the Holyrood building. 

Marwick said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Parliament has become Scotland’s first public building to receive the autism access award.

“It is important that no one is excluded from the activities of the parliament and I hope this award will encourage other organisations to develop their own ways to support the needs of people with autism in Scotland. 

“We have introduced a number of innovations aimed at improving the visitor experience of people with autism and I am pleased this has been recognised by the National Autistic Society.” 

Jenny Paterson, director (Scotland), National Autistic Society, added: “I’m delighted to present the Scottish Parliament with the Autism Access award.

“It’s fitting that the Scottish Parliament, being home to the policy and law makers that can improve the lives of those with autism, is the first public building in Scotland to get this recognition.

“We have enjoyed working with the parliament in contributing towards making Scotland an autism friendly nation, a country where those with the condition can use community facilities without fear and without anxiety.”