On 27 March the National Autistic Society’s Young Campaigners group met Sarah Teather, Minister for Children and Families. They discussed how schools can be improved for young people with autism, as part of our Great Expectations campaign.
The meeting gave our Young Campaigners the opportunity to share their own experiences of school life and to campaign for changes in the provision of Special Educational Needs (SEN).
Following the Government’s proposal for reforming the SEN system, the group has been devising a campaign to ensure that children and young people with autism have more support and choice in school. The groups’ campaign has three simple aims:
- For children and young people with autism to be involved in decisions affecting them.
- For teachers to better understand pupils with autism and how to support them.
- To ensure that all students have the same opportunities, whoever they are and wherever they live.