Urgent Action Needed on Autism and the Ethnic Minorities in the UK

April 20, 2014 | Category:Press Releases | Author: Aspergers in Children

(PRWEB) April 27, 2004

There are 520,000 folks in the Autistic Community in the UK.

When we look into the complete topic of Autism, Aspergers Syndrome and Britains ethnic minority communities we want to take into account the changing population in the UK.

The ethnic minority population

Ethnic minority communities in the UK now account for almost four million of the total UK population. Nevertheless, this figure is set to rise significantly for the foreseeable future: for instance, the Bangladeshi neighborhood in London is anticipated to develop by 25% amongst 1996 and 2001. The Black African population is the fastest expanding ethnic minority group in the UK.

The size of the minority ethnic population was 4.6 million in 2001 or 7.9 per cent of the total population of the United Kingdom.

Indians were the biggest minority group, followed by Pakistanis, those of mixed ethnic background, Black Caribbean’s, Black Africans and Bangladeshis. The remaining minority ethnic groups each accounted for less than .5 per cent but together accounted for a additional 1.four per cent of the UK population.

Ethnic group information were not collected on the Northern Ireland Census in 1991.Nonetheless, in Excellent Britain the minority population grew by 53% between 1991 and 2001, from three. million in 1991 to four.six million in 2001.

Half of the total minority ethnic population have been Asians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and other Asian origin. A quarter of minority ethnic people described themselves as Black, that is Black Caribbean, Black African or Other Black. Fifteen per cent of the minority ethnic population described their ethnic group as mixed. About a third of this group have been White and Black Caribbean backgrounds.

7.9% of UK citizens are from a minority ethnic group. From inside this group there has been a rise in the numbers of adults and kids with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. What we are not seeing are culturally appropriate services to meet the increasing demands of ethnic minority communities across the UK. By 2010 ethnic minorities in some of Britain’s key cities will be in the majority. Are regional councils, nearby education authorities, NHS Trusts, social services ready for these adjustments.


There are a number of problems that concern the ethnic minorities and autism. These troubles need to be addressed and parents, carers and autists are looking for genuine action.

Data COLLECTION no 1 collects information on ETHNICITY AND AUTISM without having data and research it is challenging to do anything constructive.

ADVOCACY Services parents have been calling for ethnic minority advocacy solutions we also require to take into account that for some parents English is not their very first language so we want to have bilingual workers in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi,Tamil, Sinhala, Bengali, Arabic the major African languages.

We want to be mindful of the fact that by 2010 major demographic modifications will outcome in the ethnic minorities being the majority in Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and locations like Tower Hamlets, Southall, Hounslow, and Tooting. Neighborhood councils, LEAs and NS Trusts will need to have culturally suitable services for individuals with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. The message we ought to be giving Her Majestys Government is that they should start this operate now or there will be serious difficulties by 2010.

DISSEMINATION OF Data ON AUTISM AND ASPERGERS SYNDROME in the major ethnic minority languages which includes a section of the website dedicated to the ethnic minorities and that contains details in the major languages.

A NETWORK OF BI-LINGUAL WORKERS I would suggest that the NAS set up a network of bi-lingual workers.

RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF SEN TEACHERS FROM THE ETHNIC MINORITIES lobby the DfES on a recruitment campaign to attract much more teachers from ethnic minority communities.

AUTISM WORKSHOPS geared for parents and carers and autists from the ethnic minorities.

EM COMMUNITIES AND THE LABOUR Marketplace this is an region that has hardly been touched provided that the Prime Minister launched a main Method Unit Report on Ethnic Minorities and the Labour Market place. These is an location that we want to lobby tough on there are no national employment schemes nor are there culturally acceptable schemes or any kind of advice offered to parents, carers and autistic individuals from the ethnic minorities when it comes to accessing the world of function.

PARTNERSHIP Working the NAS and other UK organisations will want to operate in partnership with various BME Neighborhood organisations and groups across the UK and with bodies such as the Commission for Racial Equality.


The Autism Awareness Campaign UK would also suggest to the National Autistic Society:

That they create a travelling Roadshow in 2005 in order to get the message across to ethnic minority communities.

Organise a major Conference on Ethnic Minorities and Autism/Aspergers Syndrome in late 2004 or early 2005.

That the NAS and other autism connected organisations in the voluntary sector in the UK show true commitment to the ethnic minorities by creating modifications from inside for instance appointing a person to the Board of Trustees from the ethnic minorities generating an Ethnic Minorities Directorate establishing a Parent network for the ethnic minorities inviting autistic individuals from the ethnic minorities to get a lot more involved in the work of the NAS you will require to launch a new drive to make the NAS far more inclusive EM groups to be involved in the work of the APPGA.

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