I just wanted to let parents and supporters of these children know about a petition that is currently gathering force at the link below. Some 260 signatures have been received since the 23rd March 2010 ! from parents, professionals and supporters, who are expressing very strong views in support of the need for the creation of High Schools for children with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism.
Parents here in Australia with children who have Aspergers or HFA do not have any choice but to send their children to main stream schools or home school them. For some, this may be suitable, even preferable but for many and perhaps the majority of these children the experience of main stream is disastrous both academically and psychologically. The views expressed in this petition have this common alarming theme. Their children are not getting the education they are entitled to in an environment that is safe for them.
These schools exist overseas. The number of children diagnosed with these conditions are increasing. For many of these children, asking them to learn in a main stream school with the main stream teaching style is like teaching them in a language they don't understand. ALL Australian parents need to feel confident that their children are being educated in an environment that is safe for the child. ALL Australian children are entitled to an education in a safe environment.
If you would like to join us and ask the government to support either a public or private school for these kids in each state, please go to this link.
I also understand that there is currently a NSW Parliamentry enquiry into The Provision of Education to Students with a Disability or Special Needs. I understand that they are still taking submissions. If anyone feels they would like to submit, I guess that now is the time. I believe this is the site to visit if you intend on submitting.