We need more inclusive programs for autistic children in our government schools.

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Imagine if your child doesn’t quite fit in……. they are a little cheeky but very funny, highly inquisitive and very intelligent, yet their behaviour and learning needs are quite complex and often challenging. They want to learn but you can’t find a school that can teach them. This is the case for many autistic children who have an average to high IQ (often referred to as High Functioning Autism, Mild Autism, Autism level 1 and/or Aspergers).  They don’t qualify for Special Schools or Autism Schools and have no choice but to attend mainstream schools where they typically do not receive any funding or additional support even when they struggle academically, socially, emotionally and behaviourally.

Hi, my name is Lisa and I have a beautiful, intelligent and funny 10 year old autistic son. In less than 12 months he will need to be enrolled in High School. The problem, and the reason I started this petition, is that there are currently no suitable High Schools for my son to attend. I am calling for Mr James Merlino, Victorian Education Minister, to implement into Victorian Schools, a Specialised ASD Learning Program. The program was developed in Western Australia and provides access for autistic children to a quality and inclusive mainstream education. For more information please go to our facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/spectrumschoolparentadvocacy/

Please help me secure a better education for my son, and others like him, by signing and sharing this petition. Victoria needs to implement the Specialised ASD Learning Program into Victorian Schools. The more signatures we get the bigger the impact we can have.

This is a little something I wrote and a story so typical for many of us…..

Imagine holding your crying child in your arms, trying to comfort them because they think no one likes them. Yet in the back of your mind you are reminded that they have never been invited to a birthday party or have never felt the joy of a play date with a school friend. “Mummy loves you” just isn’t the same.

Imagine picking up your child from school in tears. Bullied again for being different. Why can’t they see how funny he is or how much he wants them to like him?

Imagine being called while you are at work, to pick up your child early because the school can’t manage their behaviour today. What are you going to tell your boss this time?

Imagine your child reminding you for the third time that camp deposit is due at the end of the week, knowing full well that the school have already told you that your child can’t attend. How will you explain to them that they will never experience the thrill of going for a hike with friends or sleeping in a cabin with their classmates?

Imagine not being able to hold down a job because your child’s school can only manage your child part time. What job can I do that allows me to pick up my child at 1pm every day? Is the school even allowed to request this?

Imagine seeing Ds on your child’s report card, yet knowing their IQ is off the charts. How can my child be this disengaged from learning? Why can’t my child’s intelligence be seen at school?

Imagine your child is crying and begging you not to make them go to school today. You know they aren’t playing truant, their mental health is at stake. Anxiety, depression are too overwhelming today. What do you do? Do you force them to go to school or do you allow them to stay home?

Now imagine there is a program being used in schools in Australia that help children just like your child to learn, to make friends and has an impact on their general health and wellbeing.  But this program is not available in your state…..

 Please help me secure a better education for my son, and others like him, by signing and sharing this petition. Victoria needs to implement a Specialised ASD Learning Program into Victorian Schools. The more signatures we get the bigger the impact we can have.



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