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Autism effects 'long-lasting'

16th July 2007

A National Autistic Society (NAS) report has shown that nearly half of autistic adults live with their parents.

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The NAS has said that improved services for autistic people must be offered during the important "transition stages" between education and employment. Young people with autism can find change hard and becoming an adult particularly difficult.

The government's Special Educational Needs Code of Practice states that all children with special educational needs should receive transition planning from the age of 14. The NAS report has shown that only 53% of those eligible receive the appropriate help.

The "Moving on Up?" report also revealed that only 15% of autistic people have full-time jobs.

NAS head of policy Amanda Batten said many young autistic adults did not receive the necessary support.

She said: "It is imperative that there is early and effective transition planning for every young person with autism. If transition fails, young people can find themselves embedded more firmly than ever in the family home, increasing stress on the family and resulting in more isolated lives."

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Children's Commissioner for England, said the report showed why the government needed to be "extra vigilant" to the requirements of young autistic adults. He criticised the lack of resources and said the problems must be urgently addressed.

The Department of Children, Schools and Families has stated it intends to spend £19m in order to offer disabled young people more "choice and control."


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