Last week a group of campaigners got together to discuss the Government’s proposals for reforming the special educational needs system. The focus group, held at the NAS’
office, brought together the expertise of people on the spectrum, parents and professional knowledge, and focused on what needs to happen to make the system. Key issues that came up included: Manchester
- the importance of schools talking to parents and listening to what they have to say
- teachers having appropriate training in autism and relevant skills to work with children on the spectrum. Often these skills can look like good practice in working with other children but are particularly important for young people on the spectrum
- the importance of autism and equality awareness among other pupils as well as staff
We are still waiting for the Government to publish its “next steps” report, but we will use the issues raised in the focus group to help shape the focus of our work and our recommendations as the Government makes further changes to the system.