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    • We've got great expectations: the chance of a lifetime for children with autism

Publication date:
  • 2011
  • National Autistic Society
  • A report from a survey on parents' and young peoples' experiences of the English education system. Findings were that many children with autism are not getting the education they need and deserve. Just half of parents in the survey (52%) felt their child is making good educational progress; 30% of parents felt that their child's educational placement is not adequate; a quarter of children were not happy at school, and one in five did not feel safe; and 43% of young people felt teachers don't know enough about autism. Many parents have to fight the system to make it work: 7 out of 10 parents (68%) said it had not been easy to get the educational support their child needs; 48% of parents said they waited over a year to get the right support for their child; over a quarter (27%) waited more than two years; 18% of parents had to go to tribunal to get the right support for their children. On average, they went to tribunal three to four times each. A number of recommendations for improvements in the system are made.
Publication type:
    • Library
    • NASPUB39
    • The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG; tel: 020 7833 2299; fax: 020 7833 9666; email: nas@nas.org.uk; website: www.autism.org.uk