Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Julian and team mark Onesie Day for autism charity

Julian Huppert and his campaign team will be dressed in colourful onesies tomorrow (Thursday, April 2) to mark World Autism Awareness Day and raise money for charity.

Onesie Day at the Team Julian campaign shop at 28 Hills Road, Cambridge will boost funds for the National Autistic Society.

Julian, who is standing as Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge has been an avid supporter of the society’s work joining forces with Cambridge Regional College and the local Jobcentre Plus to promote the benefits of employing people with autism.

And he pressed the government on its strategy to help adults with autism after fears that many are still not getting the help they need.

Former Lib Dem MP David Howarth was instrumental in getting The Adult Autism Strategy published in March 2010 after Parliament passed the Autism Act the year before.

Julian said: “Onesie Day is a fun event with a serious message – celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of people with autism and acknowledging the contributions they can make to our communities. And at the same time we will be raising money for the NAS which supports people with this condition.

“People with autism in Cambridge tell me they have problems finding and staying in work; anything we can do to raise awareness of the problems and encourage employers to give them a chance is worthwhile.

“These people have skills and talents which could contribute greatly to the workplace if only they are given the opportunity.

“I hope people will come and join us and support this charity.”

Onesie Day will take place at Julian’s campaign shop at 28 Hills Road on the corner of Coronation Road at 10am tomorrow, Thursday, April 2.