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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00020

PDA Day

Submitted by: Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, May 17, 2021

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Donald Cameron, Willie Coffey, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Natalie Don, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Neil Gray, Craig Hoy, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Paul McLennan, Jenni Minto, Colin Smyth, Collette Stevenson, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Elena Whitham

That the Parliament welcomes PDA Day 2021, which took place on 15 May; acknowledges that PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum; understands that this annual event is designed to increase understanding of PDA as a profile on the autism spectrum, manifesting in the avoidance of everyday demands, an anxiety-driven need to be in control, and the use of "social" strategies as part of this avoidance; notes that PDA can be difficult to diagnose because an individual’s presentation may be quite different to what some people think autism "looks like", and accepts that, under the diagnosis of autism, a clear signpost to the PDA profile could improve outcomes for individuals and families.