Could new SEN reform nurture independence in people with autism? – Autism in Practice – September 2014

In the final feature for the September 2014 issue of Autism in Practice, I focused on changes made to Special Educational Needs (SEN) reform that came into action in Great Britain at the start of the 2014-15 academic year in September 2014. With updated provisions potentially offering support to people with a disability in education up to the age of 25, rather than the previous limit of the age of 19, changes were made in what could be offered and for how long it could be offered as a way of hopefully making a positive difference.

The Children and Families Act, introducing major reforms to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) system in England, came into force on Monday 1st September 2014.

Under the new act that has been created to provide in part “greater protection to vulnerable children” and also “a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities”, a new provision will be rolled out over a three-year period that could support people with a disability aged up to 25. Continue reading