Hemel Hempstead MP Sir Mike Penning met up with local PDA campaigner Danielle Jata-Hall to discuss the national PDA ‘Call For Action’ campaign.
Pathological Demand Avoidance is a complex and uncommon behaviour profile that is seen in some individuals on the autism spectrum. It is gradually being recognised as such, but it needs to be more widely known and understood. The lack of recognition in some areas of the medical profession leaves families isolated and confused.
Danielle Jata-Hall met with the MP to discuss the national PDA Call For Action.
Sir Mike said:
“I fully support Danielle’s excellent work and the campaign to raise awareness and understanding of PDA both within the medical and education professions and in the wider public.
“Essentially, we need to do all we can to ensure that children presenting with PDA are recognised as such and support is available for them and their families.
“I have already written to the Secretary of State for Health and once he replies, we will work out a plan of campaign to take this forward.”
Danielle Jata-Hall added:
“It was fantastic to be given the opportunity to voice how it affects families when PDA is misunderstood.
“We feel very positive moving forwards and it was great that Sir Mike offered his full support to the PDA ‘Call For Action’ campaign.
“We are very grateful for his input and look forward to having him on board.
“We hope that other MP’s will now follow his forthright lead.”
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