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 […]

Senator proposes legislation to make cameras mandatory in all special education classrooms – w/video

Austin, TX – Senator Eddie Lucio has recently proposed new legislation in an effort to have cameras installed in all classrooms utilized by special education students throughout the state. The legislation stipulates that the visual and audio data garnered from the recordings will be strictly confidential and will be deleted after one year. Additionally, Senate […]

Katie Price defends her rights to access tax payer funded taxi for disabled son

Katie Price – Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother has been a hot topic of conversation recently and the latest story is the argument between Katie Hopkins, the outspoken television personality and Katie Price, model, business woman and mother to 12-year-old Harvey, who has autism, is blind and has the medical condition septo-optic dysplasia. The row […]

Mumbai – Forum for Autism form committee to monitor schools with special needs children

Mumbai, India — Forum for Autism (FFA) in India has formed a committee to keep an eye on schools with special needs children. According to the forum, there have been several incidents of teachers resorting to corporal punishment, as well as psychological abuse of children with special needs in the city last year. FFA plans […]

Charities say the changes to the Special Needs Education System are beng implemented too quickly

Special Educational Needs, UK – From September special needs statements will be replaced by education, health and care plans (EHC) which aim to give holistic support. Mark Lever of the National Autistic Society told the BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that he was concerned how families would challenge decisions about support for their children. “Too […]

Girl with autism excluded from school as they fail to meet her special educational needs

Bangor, Northern Ireland, Kirstie Greer, 16 has not accessed education for 2 years. This is because no school can cater for her special needs. Kirstie was diagnosed with dyspraxia when aged 3 and with with autism at 13. The Belfast Telegraph states that Kirstie has been home-schooled for the past 2 years because there are […]

Bexley mum will take council to court after autistic son refused extra support at school

Belvedere, Bexley, UK – Kelly Feria De La Torre 42, says she will take Bexley Council to court for the second time. Her son Joshua, 11 has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is fighting to get Joshua a council-funded teaching assistant to help him for 18 hours a week at school. The family received a […]

IPSEA Online SEN Training

IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) UK, is a national charity that provide free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs (SEN) IPSEA have recently launched an online training package for parents of children with SEN. The e- learning course is also of benefit to people working and supporting families […]

National Autistic Society Response to Draft SEN Code of Practice

National Autistic Society (NAS) UK – had now submitted its response to the Draft SEN Code of Practice consultation in England to the Government. They highlight serious concerns and state that: ‘It is not fit for purpose as legal guidance for the new system for children with special educational needs (SEN) being introduced by the […]

Cyber Bullying and Autism. Parliamentary Meeting with Officials from the Department of Education

December 10, Portcullis House, Westminster, London, UK – A parliamentary meeting took place between party officials from the Department of Education, Chris Flynn, Nigel Fulton and Maria Hutchings and Hayley Smith, who were speaking on behalf of Kevin Healey who is currently campaigning for laws to better protect autistic individuals from cyber bullying and hate […]