Good Morning Britain has been applauded for its autism segment, with Chris Packham and Jonathan Swain’s daughter Immie opening up about their diagnoses.
Immie was diagnosed with autism at the age of 15. Now 17, she conducted an investigation into the years-long waiting lists for a diagnosis in the UK.
Speaking about her own experience, Immie explained that her diangosis never changed her view about who she was, but made her understand herself better.
She warned that when people with autism aren’t diagnosed, ‘you’re not getting the help you need.’
Springwatch star Chris also appeared on the show to speak about his diagnosis, as he said: ‘The first thing to say is what Immie has done is tremendously important, speaking out as a young woman especially.’
‘From my own point of view, we have to remember than when I was Immie’s age, it was the 1970s…Many people of my generation weren’t,’ he added.
‘The key thing is it’s not also just about the diagnosis, it’s very much about the support that comes after that diagnosis,’ the 60-year-old continued, explaining that he would autistic people and their loved ones to look into the ‘rafts’ of support available immediately after diagnosis.
Many viewers have spoken out on the segment, with one writing: ‘Really great to see Autism Awareness on #GMB. I wish more people would talk about it being a spectrum though and that the effects differ.’
‘My 11 year old son has been on the waiting list for over 2 years, Im told he still has another year to wait for an autism diagnosis. Meanwhile, he is left with no support. Well done to Immie for raising awareness of such long waiting times. #GMB,’ another said.
One more added: ‘Great job from Immie and Chris Packham talking about autism,’ while another viewer said: ‘Immie has done a great job I’m in the same situation with three of my four. The system is floored and I’m starting my own fight with them. Too many children are being let down by schools and this flawed system.’
Chris has been open about his autism diagnosis, releasing his documentary Aspergers And Me in 2017 after his diangosis in 2005.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.