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Spectrum CEO – New Chair of the Autism Alliance


In January 2020, Spectrum’s CEO, Mary Simpson, took over the Chair of the Autism Alliance, an association of 16 charities who support thousands of autistic adults and children across the UK. The alliance aims to “improve the choice and quality of services and support for people with autism”.

Mary is a champion of the rights of autistic people, as legislated in the Care Act and the Autism Act. As she says in her welcome message upon taking up the Chair: “The Alliance has already undertaken much important work I would like to build on the successes already achieved to ensure, through collaborative working, we can make a real difference for autistic people and their families.

“As you know there are many gaps in the support of autistic people whether that is ensuring they have the correct support in the community, access to work and appropriate care needs assessments to name but a few, there is much work still to be done. I am confident that the Autism Alliance can work together collaboratively to ensure autistic people live rewarding and fulfilling lives.”