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.

Policy Developments, Legislation and Guidance

Policy developments, legislation and guidance

This chapter explores:

  • historical developments relating to adolescents and adults with learning difficulties and/or ASDs;
  • current legislation and guidance;
  • consideration of human rights and disability discrimination issues.

A timeline of significant legislation is offered at the end of this chapter.


While it could be perceived as ‘easier’ to catalogue education developments, then proceed to health, then social care, they will be considered in chronological order within one multi-agency framework, as with the philosophy of this text. Current developments demand increased collaborative working and for all professionals to consider the ‘wider’ picture that is the individual, their environments and all professionals supporting them. Through developing this chapter I have been able to see the ‘coming together’ of all agencies ...

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