Page last updated at 06:38 GMT, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 07:38 UK

Rallying call over autism rights

Shadow image of a child
Autistic disorders are often diagnosed in childhood

Politicians are being urged to recognise the need for legislation to protect the rights of the 20,000 people affected by autism in Northern Ireland.

A rally will be held at Stormont later promoting Autism Awareness Day on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Assembly is expected to debate the condition.

The chief Executive of Autism NI, Arlene Cassidy, said existing legislation did "not allow for autism" and did "not recognise autism".

"Parents are having difficulties in accessing benefits such as disability living allowance for example," she said.

"They are having problems in accessing social opportunities that would be open to other groups because there is a lack of awareness."

Print Sponsor

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific