The event, hosted by Mark McDonald MSP alongside The National Autistic Society Scotland was part of the charity's Too Much Information campaign which saw 41 MSP's turn out to hear more about how they could use their role to raise awareness by asking people across Scotland to learn about autism and the small changes they can make to their behaviour to be more autism-friendly.
"It has been a real honour to have been able to work alongside Jenny Paterson, Director for NAS Scotland, and her team, to advance the agenda around autism and additional support needs. It was great to see so many MSPs turning up to pledge their support and spending time trying out the virtual reality headset which allows people to experience the world as an autistic person sees it.
"I will continue to work at local and national levels to improve support and services for individuals and families whose lives are touched by autism."
Jenny Paterson, director of The National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “Autistic people and their families have told us that increased understanding is the single biggest thing that would improve their lives. That’s why we’re asking people to take time to learn about the small changes they can make to their behaviour that make a big difference – such as avoiding jargon and showing patience when others seem stressed or anxious.
“I am grateful to all the MSP's who joined us at Scottish Parliament to show their commitment to making our nation autism-friendly.”
Around 58,000 people in Scotland are autistic. Together with their families they make up around 232,000 people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. To find out more about The National Autistic Society Scotland’s Too Much Information campaign, visit www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi.aspx