Over a quarter of children with autism have been excluded from school and nearly half have experienced bullying, according to research published today by the National Autistic Society.
Mike Collins, head of education at NAS, said:”Autism is a complex disability that is widely misunderstood. Too often, children and young people with autism are placed in inappropriate schools, with teaching staff who don’t have relevant training in the disability and in an environment that doesn’t meet their needs.”
The charity’s report found there were more appeals to the special educational needs and disability tribunal about children with autism than any other type of educational need.
Only around a quarter of parents said their children’s teachers adapted their approach and met their legal duties under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001.
The National Autistic Society called for improved educational provision for children with autism including better training for teachers as part of a new campaign.
Autism affects around 90,000 children in the UK.