A guide to help colleges support students with autism has been launched by the charity Ambitious about Autism. Called Creating inclusive colleges for learners with autism, it focuses on good practice at eight colleges across the UK which have implemented the charity’s College Inclusion Charter.
Fewer than one in four young people with autism currently go on to continue their education once they leave school.
The Charter calls on colleges to commit to delivering quality educational opportunities for learners with autism and other disabilities. It was developed as part of Ambitious about Autism’s Finished at School campaign, launched in 2011.
Speaking at the launch of the guide, the Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson highlighted the importance of colleges in securing better outcomes for school leavers. “Our aspiration is for all young people, regardless of their disability, to be supported to enter the world of work and live as independently as they choose. Colleges have a vital role to play in making this aspiration a reality”, he said
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