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Hidden Voice Episode 3

IT’S NOT ALL BAD NEWS

Of all the animations this is most likely to be the dream sequence – seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses (whatever that means). The fortunate child has people looking out for him (or her) both at home and school. Plans are put in place and suitable accommodations made to allow their development, they have a “SENCo” and other people to represent their best interests.

But children grow into adults and all this support all but disappears. If they come from a previous generation it is entirely possible that even this early support was not available. And it is as an adult when the person with autism truly becomes a “Hidden Voice” - who is there to represent him or her now?

It is often overlooked when things go right for Autistic people but when it does it can really boost confidence. Most of the everday places that we use (work, school, shops, etc.) have a scant regard for Autism and very few have an in-depth knowledge. But every school should have a "SENCO" (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who should be able to create and maintain an "Education, Health and Care" (EHC) Plan for children and young people up to the age of 25 with more complex needs.

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