Autistic schoolchildren's behaviour 'wrongly taken for subordination'|
EDINBURGH, Scotland: Children with autism are often excluded from school and fall behind because their behaviour is taken for insubordination, Members of the Scottish Parliament will be told.
An Aberdeen parent is presenting a petition to Holyrood seeking a review of the education service for children with varying degrees of autism. Annette Masson claims too few school staff have enough time and training.
The Scottish Government said laws were in place requiring local authorities to support children with autism.
Mrs Masson is presenting the petition to the Scottish Parliament on September 16. She is appealing for autistic children to have more contact with staff trained in the condition, perhaps in specialist centres attached to local schools.
Aberdeen City Council has granted such a place to her 14-year-old son, Michael.
(Source: BBC News Online, September 16, 2009)