Here at REACHOUT ASC we are committed to making mainstream school work for children with Autism. There are many benefits of staying in the mainstream system, such as a supportive peer group, wider opportunities, good life chances and inclusion in the community. This doesn't mean that special schools don't give these things, but we are committed to inclusion because we believe it can and should work well for the pupil with ASC (particularly those who are academically able) and their peers, so all benefit from being and learning together.
The reality is that inclusion is hard. There are so many factors involved from the environments to lack of funding; from attitudes to lack of understanding and resources. We have seen inclusion work really well, at primary and secondary schools, and we have seen it fail, and the person who it fails the most…is the child.