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Understanding autism
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4 Educational support and choices: the mainstream and other options

One of the greatest challenges that parents face is to secure appropriate support and the right context for their child’s education. In countries such as the UK and the US, a framework is in place for this. But parents’ experience of negotiating the framework is not always positive and the range of educational choices varies widely from one place and community to another. Parents may also find that the choice they have made – for instance, for their child to go to a mainstream school – does not work out, leading them to change their child’s schooling arrangements.