The Hertfordshire branch of the National Autistic Society (HARC) Hertfordshire, UK – survey carried out in the local area asked parents their opinions about school provision for their autistic children.
The Comet 24 reports that:
“59 per cent of respondents said they had been bullied.”
It was also reported that 1 in 10 parents found the education provision for their child inadequate.
Shockingly 70% of children with high functioning autism had reported that they had been bullied at school.
Susanne Lace, branch officer for HARC is reported in The Conet 24 as saying:
“These findings are deeply disturbing. Children with autism can be particularly vulnerable to bullying because of the difficulties they have forming social relationships.”
Mike Shaw who is a trustee at TRACKS Autism, a specialist nursery in Stevenage said that there is a lack of support for autistic children in the area especially as they get older. He also adds that the government need to acknowledge this and provide more support.
Councillor Chris Hayward, who is the County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills is reported as saying:
“The majority of children and young people with an autistic spectrum condition attend mainstream schools which already receive expert support, advice and training from the county council.”
He then adds:
“All schools have anti-bullying policies to ensure any incidents which might arise will be dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner. If parents have any concerns about bullying these should be discussed with the school.”
The full article on The Comet 24 website by Paul Christian can be found here