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NAS SCHOOL EXCLUSION SERVICE FOR PARENTS
The School Exclusions Service offers advice and information to parents of children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on all aspects of school exclusion in England. This includes advice on informal (illegal) exclusions; fixed period and permanent exclusions; how to challenge your child's exclusion and what you can do if you are concerned that your child is at risk of exclusion.
Children with autism are particularly vulnerable to being excluded from school. Sometimes behaviour associated with this hidden disability can be confused with disobedience because of a lack of awareness of the condition by both pupils and adults in school. Sometimes a pupil with autism, trying to cope with the unstructured social aspects of school life, can feel overwhelmed and become anxious, stressed and aggressive, resulting in a meltdown.
Headteachers may feel that exclusion is the only solution in order to maintain the safety and well-being of other pupils. Indeed it may be the case that a mainstream school is not the most appropriate setting for a particular child. However, disruptive behaviour can be an indication of unmet needs and schools have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to policies and practices to ensure that pupils with ASD also feel safe, confident and able to experience success.
How to use the NAS School Exclusions Service:
Call the Autism Helpline on 0808 800 4104 (Monday-Thursday, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm). The Helpline will take details of your query and arrange a telephone appointment for you with our Exclusions Advisor, who will call you back at the agreed time to discuss your query in detail.
Alternatively, send your query via this NAS Helpline Enquiry form (it may take up to 14 working days to receive a reply as the helpline does experience a high demand for its services).
NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM NAS HQ
FREE ONLINE MONEY MANAGING TOOL FOR AUTISTIC ADULTS
Created by MoneySuperMarket in association with the National Autistic Society, this Money Managing module is free and aimed at anyone on the autism spectrum who is of an age where they are ready to start learning about managing cash, banking, savings, and debt.
The Money Managing module covers a wide range of money-related topics and can be completed in one visit or accessed section by section over as many visits as you need. It uses videos, text, short quizzes, and interactive cash machines and password generators, as well as offering information on managing your accounts, reasonable expenditure, debt management, and signposts to further information.
Please visit NAS Managing Money for more detailed information about this useful online financial tool. If you would like to find out just what this free module can offer you, please click on Money Management where you will be given the log-in details and access to the module.
MY WORLD: ONLINE RESOURCES FOR TEACHING STAFF
If you are a teacher and have an autistic student in your class, you may not know about the many small ways in which you can help them to have a better time at school. Sometimes it's a little bit of the right kind of extra support which can make all the difference to someone on the autism spectrum who is struggling.
If you are a teacher or education professional, do sign up to the MyWorld campaign to get free information, practical tips and resources straight to your inbox every fortnight. The campaign is designed to help teachers and other education professionals support pupils on the autism spectrum in schools by providing access to the best free resources and information on teaching autistic children and young people - from pre-school children right through to students in higher education.
FAMILIES: IDEAS FOR DAYS OUT
Now that the summer holidays are nearly upon us, you may very well be thinking of activities that all the family can enjoy. Being able to get out and enjoy activities is important to children with autism, and also to their brothers and sisters.
A number of attractions have been recommended to the NAS, many of which offer concessions to visitors who have additional needs. Do visit Ideas for days Out for more information about holiday activities both locally and further afield.
HOLIDAYS: PREPARATION AND PRACTICALITIES
Planning a holiday can be exciting and stressful at the best of times, but especially for someone who is autistic.
The NAS Holidays Preparation & Practicalities webpage can help you to find out about choosing where to go, deciding how to get to your destination, preparing for the trip plus some practical considerations.
Another NAS webpage worth visiting is Days Out: Planning Your Day as it offers practical information including taking evidence of your child's disability, eating out, finding out about disabled facilities and the National Key Scheme.
AUTISM: A RESOURCE PACK FOR SCHOOL STAFF
There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. That’s more than 1 in 100 people. In a school, it is likely that there will already be one or more autistic children.
Educational professionals may be teaching or supporting a child or young person who they feel may be on the autism spectrum. The diagnosis process may have just started or the diagnosis may not yet be confirmed, but they want to increase their understanding of autism and appropriate interventions to use with that child or young person.
To support these professionals, Autism: resource pack for school staff has been published by the NAS which will be useful for any member of staff working in an education setting.
This pack can be of help to any member of staff working in an education setting. The NAS has included information about autism, how it may affect children and young people in education settings, information on strategies, interventions and useful resources from the NAS and other organisations. The NAS hopes their pack will give those members of staff greater confidence in working with pupils who are on the autism spectrum.
TOO MUCH INFORMATION: SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES
The NAS launched its Too Much Information Campaign in 2016 because thousands of autistic people and their families told them that not only did the public not understand autism, but that it was resulting in them being asked to leave public places and getting judgemental looks when experiencing a meltdown at an overwhelming supermarket.
"The problem is that it is not visible to others that I am having a sensory overload". One autistic adult said this to the NAS - but we need to make it visible. Will you share your experience of sensory overload in shops?
Together, we have already gone a long way to improving the public's understanding of autism. Over 70 million people have watched the NAS's campaign films and learned more about what it's like to be overloaded with too much information. The NAS now want businesses to take simple steps to make things more autism-friendly from the start.
To do that, your personal experience of autism is needed. We need to tell people what it's like to experience an overload at the shops. What it's like to feel the brightness burning from the strip lights across the supermarket. To experience the cacophany of background music layered with floor chatter with blaring checkout beeps. To be handled by shop staff who don't understand. How does that make you feel and what you'd want to see changed.
We need to know your experiences of overload in shops. Will you tell us your experience to help more people understand? The NAS wants to use your stories to help engage businesses in the next important stage of the Too Much Information campaign.Thank you for completing the form to tell the NAS.