The National Autistic Society Autism Helpline often receives calls from parents and carers asking about ways of promoting inclusion and interaction with peers, for their child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They have an information sheet which provides a brief overview of the Circle of Friends approach, which is used mainly in mainstream schools.
Autism Education Trust: Reaching out toolkits Around 1% of school population could be on the autism spectrum. On the basis of this there is a high likelihood that there would be at least one child on the autism spectrum in a school or early years setting at any given time. The condition affects people from all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Schools and early years settings by their very nature have students from these different backgrounds. Although it can be assumed that because of this all the children and their families get equitable services, it has been reported that some families find it difficult to access services for themselves and their children on the autism spectrum. It is the role of the professional to reach out to these families so that they have equal access to the services that are available.
Tony Booth and Mel Ainscow, revised 2011, Index for Inclusion: developing learning and participation in schools Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education
Maggie Bowen and Lynn Plimley The Autism Inclusion Toolkit This complete training package can be delivered during staff meetings and on INSET days, to ensure autism-friendly practice throughout the school.