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Autism, Access and Inclusion on the Front Line Confessions of an Autism Anorak Matthew Hesmondhalgh Foreword by Jacqui Jackson

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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.

Foreword. Introduction. 1. Are we there yet? 2. How does a service become autism specific? 3. The triad of blah, blah, blah. 4. Support employment at Meadowhall. 5. Sensory issues - I can't work because of the smell of chip fat. 6. Supportive living - don't make me laugh. 7. There may be trouble ahead. 8. Autism and society.

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