Dec 7, 2018, Edinburgh Live: Parents of autistic children are demanding they receive better education—A letter was handed to Education Secretary John Swinney by autism charities https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/parents-autistic-children-demanding-receive-15520265 Thousands of parents of autistic children are demanding they receive better access to education. Almost 3000 people signed a letter to Education Secretary John Swinney calling for action to address barriers autistic children face to accessing education. … It comes after a survey of parents of autistic children found more than a third said their child had been unlawfully excluded over the last two years. The survey of more than 1,400 parents also found 85% did not receive support to catch up on work. … Children in Scotland’s head of policy, Amy Woodhouse, said: "Our joint report with Scottish Autism and the National Autistic Society Scotland revealed that hundreds of autistic children throughout Scotland are affected by unlawful exclusion from school – despite Scottish Government guidance stating that this should never happen. … Charlene Tait, Deputy Chief Executive of Scottish Autism, said: “As a charity committed to enriching the lives of autistic people, excluding autistic children from school is detrimental to both their education and to their overall well-being. … "We want to see full transparency in the use of unlawful exclusion so it can be recorded and addressed."