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S5W-03308: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help meet the needs of children with autism.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 31 October 2016

The Scottish Government is committed to meeting the needs of children with autism. We want all children and young people to reach their full potential.

Education authorities and other agencies have duties under the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 (as amended) to identify, provide for and keep under review the additional support needs of pupils, including children and young people with autism.

In addition the Scottish Government launched the Autism Toolbox website in April 2014, to help teachers and educational support staff (both in primary and secondary schools) meet the needs of pupils with autism. This online tool identifies best practice for all education staff in schools to support pupils with autism.

Through the Scottish Strategy for Autism we have funded a range of projects to support children and young people with autism. Two young girls involved in one of the funded projects can be seen in the video below:

http://www.autismstrategyscotland.org.uk/news/autism-europe-congress-highlights-video-released.html

We will continue to build on the work that the strategy has achieved in order to further support the needs of children with autism.