Access and Inclusion for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Access and Inclusion for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders


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Based on pioneering work at their school in Sheffield, the authors of this book explore the universal issues of access and inclusion in employment and education for children and young people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome. They describe the challenges they faced in establishing and running an Integrated Resource for these children within a mainstream secondary school. The twenty-four pupils at The Resource participate in the regular school curriculum, but also learn a wide range of additional life skills. These include road safety, work-place skills and using public transport as well as expressing feelings, making choices and learning from experience. One innovative area of work at The Resource is the work placement scheme which has given pupils the opportunity to work with local companies including a supermarket and an insurance firm. In addition to this, The Resource has established a partnership with a further education college to enable their pupils to gain further support after they leave school. These projects demonstrate the encouraging possibilities in employment and the wider world for young people on the autistic spectrum.

The experiences of these special pupils and their peers and teachers provide lessons as well as messages of hope and understanding for parents and professionals within the field of autism. The authors make useful, practical suggestions for access and inclusion, showing how those with autism or Asperger's Syndrome can participate fully in the world of work and the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781853029868
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Matthew Hesmondhalgh worked in three special schools in South Yorkshire, before becoming teacher in charge and project leader for The Resource at King Ecgbert School in 1994. He has a degree in Politics and Sociology, a PGCE in Special Needs and a Diploma in Special Needs. Christine Breakey qualified and worked for ten years as a Social Worker before studying for a degree in Communication Studies. She has worked as a Further Education lecturer and a Special Support Assistant and is now the Post Sixteen Support Co-ordinator for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders at The Sheffield College. She has an MA in the Education of Children and Young People with Autism.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. 1. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. 2. The key players. 3. Parents, paperwork and pressure. 4. Counselling. 5. The National Curriculum? Not quite. 6. Integration into work. 7. Our charity - the chase for cash. 8. Post-16 - the first year. 9. Andrew's story. 10. The final chapter? References.

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Access and Inclusion for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read and superbly written. The honesty and 'hands on' experience shine through making this an absolute must read experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matthew and Christine get to the heart of the issues surrounding integration and inclusion for children with ASD. This is a practical book about the struggles they encountered along the way in a secondary school, college and with employers in the UK. It is written in an honest style. They do not profess to have any answers but it is easily the best book I have read about this area of work in a long time.