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Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely will meet with ministers to discuss the Isle of Wight becoming a national leader in autism diagnosis and education.

The move comes after Bob hosted a special educational needs (SEN) roundtable event at the Riverside Centre in Newport on Monday.

Representatives from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Island’s council plus schools, charities, local organisations and SEN parents all attended.

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Speaker, Yvonne Newbold, shared her experiences of autism with the audience during the meeting.

Later Professor Jeremy Turk, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Professor of Developmental Psychiatry, and the new lead for the NHS Autism Diagnostic Service on the Island, explained that the demands on the Isle of Wight service are far higher than statistically expected.

Bob says:

“This was a was a very positive meeting that had a great deal of input from experts and those who have first-hand experience of autism in family life and in education and I thank everyone for contributing.

“There was with agreement reached that the Isle of Wight Autism Strategy will be reviewed and updated with input from everyone interested and this is a really positive move.

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“I also said I would seek meetings with ministers to present information from the CCG to help with the ambition of the Island becoming a centre for good practice nationally.”

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