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Promoting social inclusion for children and adults on the autism spectrum – reflections on policy and practice

Rachel Roberts (Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Julie Beadle‐Brown (Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Darran Youell (PhD Student at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 15 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issue of social inclusion for people with autism spectrum conditions.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on current policy and good practice guidelines as well as the experience of people with autism and those who support them, this paper considers how well legislation, policy, and good practice are currently implemented with regard to improving the social inclusion of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions.

Findings

International and UK policy sets out the rights of children and adults with disabilities to live a good life in the community, with reasonable adjustment to be made by society to ensure this is possible. However, the practical and strategic implementations of policies to ensure these rights for people with autism are still not fully in place.

Originality/value

This discussion takes into consideration the views of carers and support professionals and the direct experiences of those with autism as well as policy and published guidance.

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Citation

Roberts, R., Beadle‐Brown, J. and Youell, D. (2011), "Promoting social inclusion for children and adults on the autism spectrum – reflections on policy and practice", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 45-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595471111172840

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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