Autism, Access and Inclusion on the Front Line: Confessions of an Autism Anorak

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Mar 24, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 160 pages
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Working towards greater access and inclusion in education and employment for young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) continues to be a challenge with varying degrees of success. Matthew Hesmondhalgh outlines the inherent problems with improving services for people on the autism spectrum, from specialised schooling to supported living schemes and examines the social issues and attitudes that people with ASDs confront in so many aspects of life. The author draws on his own experience of working at The Integrated Resource, which offers educational opportunities for secondary school aged pupils with ASDs and provides a charity funded supported employment programme for young adults with ASDs. He includes a host of case examples of young people and their parents who have fought battles for inclusion, explaining the obstacles they faced, their failures and their inspiring successes. Autism, Access and Inclusion on the Front Line is a frank and honest appraisal of service provision for young people with ASDs that will both inform and encourage parents and professionals.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Introduction
11
1 Are We Nearly There Yet?
19
2 The Triad of Blah Blah Blah
37
3 How Does a Service Become Autism Specific?
57
4 Supported Employment at Meadowhall
73
5 Hot Sand Itchy Clothes Screaming People Total Darkness
93
The Holy Grail
113
7 There May Be Trouble Ahead
129
8 Autism and Society
147
References
159
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About the author (2006)

Matthew Hesmondhalgh is Teacher in Charge at The Integrated Resource, established in 1994 within a mainstream secondary school in Sheffield, UK, and offering secondary educational opportunities for pupils with ASDs. Matthew Hesmondhalgh has also managed a charity-funded, supported employment scheme for adults with ASDs since 1996. He is co-author of Access and Inclusion for Children with ASDs - Let Me In, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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