Working on the frontline with young people with autism


Improving the level of inclusion and provision in education for young people with autism spectrum disorders, and increasing the opportunities for employment they subsequently have access to, 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.

Autism, Access and Inclusion on the Front Line
Confessions of an Autism Anorak
Matthew Hesmondhalgh      
Foreword by Jacqui Jackson
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
116 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB, U.K.
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN 1 84310 393 1
£13.99/US$24.95

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