Date lodged: 13 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to research from the National Autistic Society Scotland, which suggests that, although 99% of people have heard of autism, only 15% of autistic people feel that the public understands the condition in a meaningful way.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 26 March 2019
The Scottish Government is committed to improving the lives of autistic people through the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.
We accept the findings from the National Autistic Society Scotland and that is why one of our key priorities for the future is to improve awareness and understanding of autism across Scotland. I am pleased to announce a programme of work that will help shift the negative assumptions and stigma about being autistic. Working in partnership with Inspiring Scotland, we plan to deliver a national campaign to break down barriers for autistic people. To do this, we need the commitment of national and local organisations to work with us to challenge and change the perception of autism.