(UK) N. Yorkshire sees 38% increase in SPED "(particularly autism)" in 2 yrs

Sept 6, 2018, Yorkshire Coast Radio: Strategic 'SEND' Plan Agreed For North Yorkshire A strategic special educational needs and disabilities plan for North Yorkshire has been given the go-ahead. … It is based on detailed forecasts of future demand in each locality to ensure the Council is commissioning the right type of provision in the right place to create a more sustainable and effective service. … increase the number of places in the county's special schools and address gaps in specialist provision in some areas of the county… There are almost 163,000 children and young people aged 0-25 in North Yorkshire and the numbers with Education and Health Care Plans are rising. There are currently more than 2,650 with plans but this is predicted to rise by nearly another 1,000 by 2022, in line with national trends. This is addition to over 10,000 children with SEND receiving support in school without the need for an Education and Health Care plan. Over 10 per cent of the school population is provided with special educational needs support and this is also expected to increase. The figure for those with Social, Emotional and Health needs has increased by almost 38 per cent in the last two years and growing numbers of those with communication and interaction needs (particularly autism) is also contributing to the overall rise. Together, these groups account for almost 73 per cent of the total increase. County Councillor Patrick Mulligan said: "Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is one of the most important jobs that we do…. North Yorkshire is facing challenging times due to this unprecedented and increasing demand on its special educational needs and disability budget….