Hi I'm genie, 2 sons on the spectrum . One in mainstream and one in a DSP.
I've just taken a call from my friend and want to offer some advice but I'm a bit unsure what to say. Her son (10) has not been allowed to join in with his class trips out for months because once he ran off. He is in the autism unit class of 8.
He has been doing really well with his behaviour and told he would be able to join his class going out again...until yesterday, when child in another class was aggravating him and he had a bit of a meltdown. Now they want to stop him going out tomorrow again.
His teacher said in front of him to his mother a few days ago he would be joining the class out and about.. and this evening they rang the mother to say he wouldn't and she is very upset and refuses to be the one to tell him and deal with the stress..
Seems really unfair he is being punished to me..
This has made me incredibly angry. Legally the school cannot discriminate against a child because if their disability ( hate that word). They have a legal duty to enable the child to receive equal opportunities that the other children are getting. Too many schools do this on the basis that the parents will put up and shut up and it is so wrong and so damaging for the child.
Under the Equality Act the school has a legal duty to put reasonable adjustments in place. What adjustments are the school putting in place, such as one-to-one support, to enable this boy to participate fully in school life? If I was mum I'd be wanting to have this explained and would follow the school's complaints procedure if she isn't satisfied that the school are fulfilling their duty.
You may find the following information useful to pass on to your friend.
The following article contains a lot of helpful information about education for a child with an autism:http://www.autism.org.uk/about/in-education.aspx This includes information regarding getting extra support for a child in their education setting.
You can search for schools that cater for children with an autism spectrum disorder on our Autism Services Directory: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/autism-services-directory.aspx It can help to pass on information specifically for education professionals about autism spectrum disorders.
The following link contains information written for education professionals: http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/teachers.aspx Your friend may want to contact our Education Rights Service who provides information, support and advice on educational provision and entitlements. Please see the following link for further information: http://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/education-rights.aspx
Your friend may also like to contact our Autism Helpline team who can provide her with information and advice . She can contact the team via telephone on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm). Please note that the Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor. Alternatively, should she prefer to send a message, she can do so via their webform:
I hope this is of some help to you and your friend.