Making schools autism friendly

We need a national autism and education strategy to make sure the 120,000 school-aged children on the autism spectrum in England are no longer held back.NAS - Held Back

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism and National Autistic Society published a report in November last year showing that that the education system was still failing to meet the needs of children and young people with autism.

The report was built on research that included a survey of over 3,000 parents, carers, young people and teachers, as well as expert witness evidence sessions in Parliament.

The findings came three years after the government introduced a new special educational needs and disability (SEND) system in England that has simply failed to address the education needs of children and young people with autism

That’s why I lent my support in Parliament to the Held Back campaign organised by the National Autistic Society and Ambitious About Autism to get the government to act on the report’s findings.

I know from talking with constituents and hearing the experiences of families who are still struggling to secure the right school provision and education support for their child, that there is a strong need for a comprehensive strategy.

The government must take the lead and support local councils with adequate resources to make sure that the right type of school and support is close to home.