Press Release – Finished at School: Supporting young people with autism to move from school to college

One day training courses to help staff support young people with autism to move from school to college are being hosted across all nine regions in England, on dates in Autumn term 2015 and Spring term 2016, across ten colleges. Ambitious about Autism, the leading national charity for children and young people with autism, is […]

Press Release – HMRC and Department for Work and Pensions Provide Work experience for young people with autism

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have offered young people with autism work experience as part of an ‘Insight Programme’ developed in partnership with Ambitious about Autism. The scheme, which ran from Monday 29 June – Friday 10 July, looked at addressing the fact that 85% of adults […]

Ambitious About Autism – “It is shocking that so many children with SEN are missing out on education”

The Department for Education released on July 30 the report:Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions in England:2013 to 2014. The full report can be read here. On page five of the report it is reported that Special Educational Needs (SEN) pupils have the highest rate of permanent exclusion. Stats include: Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) (with […]

Opinion – Do we need Autism Specific Schools? Yes we do

This week I read an article on the Academies Week website by Jacqui Ashton Smith who is the executive director of education at the National Autistic Society (NAS). The article was entitled, Do we need autism-specific schools? The article firstly addresses the issue that  mainstream schools are not always the right environment for our children […]

Fundraising by Children with Autism – #A Mile For Autism

STOCKTON, UK – For any student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder there are very few fundraising events that they can participate in.  Charlotte Hall, a mother of two autistic sons, Oliver and Ted. aged five and six, decided to organize a fundraising activity that they could participate in. During the process, Charlotte found that many other families wanted […]

Autism Community’s Response to the Daily Mail Article – “Recipe for a serial killer?”

Daily Mail – On May 21 the Daily Mail published an article entitled, “Recipe for a serial killer? Childhood abuse, autism and head injuries are more common in murderers, study claims” in which the article by Victoria Woollaston states: “Serial killers are portrayed as cold, calculating and often obsessive but it was unknown exactly what caused […]

Blackpool MP backs children with autism

Paul Maynard MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys – has pledged support for Ambitious about Autism’s Ruled Out campaign. The national campaign is aimed at helping children with autism get better education. Autism Daily Newscast reported on the campaign here. Paul Maynard MP attended the launch and added his support to the campaign. He said: […]

Ruled Out Campiagn launched at the House of Commons

Ambitious About Autism, ‘Ruled Out’ Campaign – was officially launched on Feb 11 at the House of Commons. Autism Daily Newscast reported on the campaign here. The event was hosted by Graham Stuart MP and was attended by almost 200 parliamentarians, young people, parents and professionals. So far over 800 people have signed up to […]

UK Charity Ambitious about Autism – 4 in 10 children with autism are illegally excluded from school

The UK charity Ambitious about Autism – found in a recent survey of 500 families that 4 in 10 children had been formally and temporarily excluded from school, this is illegal. They have recently launched their ‘Ruled Out ‘ campaign that Autism Daily Newscast reported on and which you can read here. The charity found […]

Ambitious About Autism Launch their ‘Ruled Out‘ Campaign

PRESS RELEASE Ambitious About Autism launch their new campaign ‘Ruled Out’ today, Feb 11 – Ambitious About Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and campaign for change. Their latest campaign, Ruled Out asks: ‘Why are children with autism missing out on education?’ The campaign […]