Parents with Austistic children have known for many years that the current education system is not working for parents, children and young people on the autism spectrum, and the schools and teachers trying to provide the right support.
Parents have to fight continually to get the support
Hence, the reason why The National Autistic Society got together with Ambitious About Autism, and launched their Held Back campaign with the aim of making the Government ensure no children are held back from meeting their potential because they are autistic.
I don’t want to fight, but I feel like I have to.
An open letter to the government supporting the introduction of a national autism and education strategy was signed by over 20,000 people and 1,800 people wrote directly to their MPs inviting them to attend a forthcoming launch in the House of Commons of a report being produced in conjucntion with MPs from all political parties in the House.
Last November, The National Autistic Society and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism published their report on autism and education. It found that autistic children and young people in England are being let down and held back from achieving their potential by this country's education system.
The findings and key recommendations of the report are:
The Autism Society website details the event:
The co-chairs of the inquiry, Maria Caulfield MP and Huw Merriman MP also spoke at the event saying why they felt the introduction of a national autism and education strategy was necessary. Maria highlighted how her local MP surgeries were full of the parents of autistic children telling stories of how hard they had to fight to get the report in place. Huw highlighted that over 3,000 people had responded to the survey that fed into the report. He noted that fewer than half of the young people who responded said they were happy at school.
Source: The Autism Society / Ambitious About Autism /