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***(UK) Solihull: 2/5 of SPED kids have AUTISM; NEW SPECIAL SCHOOL NOT ENOUGH!

Mar 21, 2019, Solihull Observer: Parents of youngsters with special needs react to Solihull autism school news https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/parents-of-youngsters-with-special-needs-react-to-solihull-autism-school-news/ PARENTS of youngsters with special needs have reacted to the news that an autism free school in Solihull will ‘likely open’ in two years. It has been hailed as a positive step in the right direction on social media although many parents say it will do little to cater to an ‘overwhelming demand’ for special school places in the borough. Solihull Council has been given the green light by the government’s Department for Education to establish the school after it granted a funding package. The new school, which the council says is likely to be open in two years, will have up to 100 places for children and young people with autism aged between seven and 16 years old. … “However one school with limited places is not going to make much of a difference to the overwhelming need within Solihull. … Solihull has 1,444 pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). EHCPs provide those aged up to 25 with special needs with a document outlining the support they need for their education – including advice from doctors and psychologists. In January last year, 558 (nearly two fifths) of Solihull pupils with an EHCP have autism as their primary need. This is forecast to rise by 296 (over a half) by 2023. … “We know we have comparatively high rates of autism diagnosis in the borough. …