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Asperger's Syndrome

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the provision of specialist education for children with Asperger's syndrome; and what steps his Department is taking to improve such provision. (136116)

The Secretary of State met Ivan Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK earlier this year and the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate on 7 March 2007, proposed by Mr Corea's MP, the Member for Ilford North, on educational provision for autistic children. Ministers and the Department have ongoing discussions with The National Autistic Society and others on improving educational provision for all children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs).

The inclusion development programme, part of the Department's special educational needs (SEN) strategy, is designed to help schools with practical resources and to deliver cascaded training through local authority advisers and school SEN co-ordinators. ASDs will be in the second wave of the programme and will encompass the schools' autism pack which the Department is developing through its Autism Working Group.