The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Autism (APPGA) is a group of MPs and Lords with an interest in issues affecting people with autism. They are supported by an advisory group, comprising experts from across the autism field – academics, professionals and adults with autism. The APPGA's purpose is to keep autism on the political agenda and to influence Government policy to improve the lives of people with autism, their families and carers. There is more information about the APPGA at www.appga.org.uk.
The vast majority of children with autism also have special educational needs (SEN). In 2011 the Government proposed significant changes to support for children and young people with SEN in England. In a Green Paper consultation document, the Government set out plans to improve identification of SEN, replace Statements with "Education, Health and Care Plans", which would streamline the assessment process, and offer continuity up to the age of 25, (though statutory protections would remain), and change the categorisation of SEN support in mainstream schools. A summary of the Green Paper and a link to the full document are available here.
The APPGA Commission on special educational needs
The APPGA's Commission on SEN is a unique opportunity for people with first-hand experience, such as young people with autism, parents of children with autism, teachers and other professionals, to influence the Government directly.
We are carrying out this survey to find out your experiences and views on teaching children with autism, specialist support and the involvement of parents and carers in their child's education. Questions in the survey which require an answer are marked with an asterisk (*).
This survey closes on Friday 10 February 2012. The APPGA will also hold expert evidence sessions in spring 2012.
The APPGA will use these findings to:
Publish a report with recommendations on improving access to specialist support for children and young people with autism
Take the views of students, parents, teachers and other professionals directly to Government Ministers and civil servants
Help to improve the education system for children with autism