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Carers annoyed at inaction on autism legislation

Tara Mills reports on the inaction of authorities in legislating to protect the rights of those with autism.

Despite years of lobbying and campaigning, carers for people with autism say the law is still failing their loved ones.

It is estimated that twenty thousand people in Northern Ireland have the condition which affects how they communicate and interact with other people.

But because they are not officially classed as having a disability, they are often not eligible for help from government agencies.

Some time ago, BBC Newsline focused on the fight for a specific law to protect the rights of autistic people.

Our reporter Tara Mills looks at what has changed.

BBC Newsline talks to Lord Ken Maginnis about his work to improve the care and treatment of those with autism.

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