As the UK’s leading autism charity the NAS (National Autistic Society) are very proud of our long term and highly successful partnership working with AXCIS Education Recruitment.
AXCIS have supported the National Autistic Society for four years and are our title sponsors of Network Autism, the Professional Conference, the Autism Awards, Ask-An-Expert and so much more.
The activities and forums that AXCIS support enable the National Autistic Society to engage and join together autism professionals – so they learn more practical tools and best practice. This enables professionals to give better support and care for children and adults with autism. This only achieved because of AXCIS’s continued, long term and valuable support.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition affects them in different ways. Many children with autism may require significant specialist support in the classroom to achieve their full potential, while others will require less intensive support. As autism affects more than 1 in 100 people, teachers are bound to come across young people with the condition in the classroom during their career. It’s therefore essential they have access to autism training.
The Children and Families Act, introducing major reforms to the SEND system in England, came into force on 1 September.
The Act changes how children and young people’s special educational needs will be identified, assessed and met, and will shape the future of a generation of children with autism. The National Autistic Society and
AXCIS believe the Act has a lot to be positive about. Firstly it will replace SEN statements with Education, Health and Care plans, and the system will run from birth to 25, rather than ending when a young person leaves school. However, both organisations also believe the reforms will not introduce a joined up system for appealing decisions on education, health and care provision. The National Autistic Society is concerned that without a joined-up appeals system, families affected by autism will continue to face protracted battles to get the right support for their children.
The NAS will be closely monitoring the implementation of the changes to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and young people with autism.
Article contributed by Selina Fairclough, Corporate Partnerships, National Autistic Society.