Using case studies and examples that show the reader how to put theory into practice in multi-disciplinary settings, Education and Care for Adolescents and Adults with Autism clearly explains how changes in policy and provision have affected how young people and adults with autism are cared for and educated. The author highlights current problematic outcomes from a multi-agency perspective and offers:Up-to-date and accessible information on the nature and affects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) A detailed chronology of legislation across disciplines Recommendations on family issues surrounding the care and education of those with ASD Possible intervention programs Appropriate strategies for use in care settings, education settings, and at homeBased on years of experience, this resource offers a range of strategies for all those working with or caring for adolescents and adults with ASD.

Definitions and the Current Situation in Education, Health and Social Care

Definitions and the current situation in education, health and social care

This chapter explores:

  • definitions of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs);
  • key characteristics and features of ASDs;
  • existing provision across education, health and social care services for young people (aged over 16) and adults with ASDs.


We are now increasingly living in times where acceptance of difference is more commonplace and education, mainstream secondary schools, further education (FE), higher education (HE) and adult services are expected to provide for the needs of more and more young people and adults (aged 16 years plus) with a range of difficulties who might have previously been placed in special schools or long-term institutions. However, while ‘informed’ members of society may ...

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