The charity I work for (I am currently on maternity leave) has launched a new campaign called 'Finished at School'. The campaign aims to secure more and better educational options for all young people with autism aged 16 ? 25 to enable them to develop skills, gain employment, live more independently and ultimately live the life they choose.
All too often, young people with autism are ?written off? at the age of 16 when they leave school. Research shows that fewer than 1 in 4 young people with autism continue their education after school. Many young people and their families talk of facing a ?black hole? or a ?cliff edge? waiting for them on the horizon as they approach the end of their time at school.