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First Published on AE Monday, 6 April 2009


Parents of children with autism face a postcode lottery which amounts to a “national scandal”, author Nick Hornby has said.


Nick Hornby Photo: GERAINT LEWIS

Nick Hornby

The author of About a Boy said he faced a “total lack of information and advice” when his son Danny was first diagnosed with autism, and little had changed.


One in 10 parents of children with autism have moved house to access better services and many others are left feeling isolated, confused and judged, a survey by TreeHouse, the autism education charity, found.


Mr Hornby, whose son attends a TreeHouse school in north London, said: “When my son was diagnosed with autism there was a total lack of information and advice on what we should do next.


“It seems that little has changed – and that is a national scandal.”


The average age of diagnosis varies from under three years to as old as seven years depending on the local authority, information released under a Freedom of Information request by the charity found.


Ian Wylie, chief executive of TreeHouse, said: “These findings reveal a shocking lack of consistency in how local authorities support children with autism and their families, most clearly borne out in the dramatically different ages at which a diagnosis is made.”


Source:   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5109307/Nick-Hornby-autism-postcode-lottery-is-national-scandal.html



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