-It’s 2014, yet findings from the Ambitious about Autism charity have revealed that 20% of children with autism have been formally excluded in the past 12 months. As a result, the charity have launched their “Ruled Out” campaign which will explore the reasons why children with autism miss out on school.
Speaking to the BBC News Website, the chief executive of the charity, Jolanta Lasota, said:
It is shocking so many children with autism are missing out on education. All schools are legally bound to provide quality full-time education to all pupils, including children with autism.
Asking parents to collect their children early or putting them on part-time hours is against the law and fails to address the underlying need for schools to make reasonable adjustments to include children with autism.
Further figures from the charity revealed that 4 in 10 children with autism have been excluded illegally during their time at school and parents of children with autism say they have kept their child out of school for fear that the school is unable to provide appropriate support.
The charity have released the following video to support their campaign:
For teachers wanting to know more about Autism for professional development purposes should explore our Book Review on “The Little Book of The Autism Spectrum” by Dr Samantha Todd (Click Here).