Do we need autism-specific schools?

All children and young people deserve an inclusive and fulfilling education. But mainstream schools are not always the answer for those with autism who must have access to a range of provision

Autism is a spectrum condition so, while all children and young people with the lifelong disability share certain difficulties around social communication and interaction, it affects them in different ways.

Their wide spectrum of needs requires a range of educational provision, from mainstream to specialist schools. Every child with autism is different, so a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work.

Schools have a crucial role to play in preparing children with autism for adulthood, by giving them the confidence and skills they need to live as independently as possible in their local community and to go on to further education, work or supported living.

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13th December 2014
Academies Week