A Leeds man is championing equality for people with autism – after successfully setting up his own independent enterprise in the city.
Luke Aylward, 25 from Swarcliffe, struggled for three and a half years to find employment after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Lincoln in 2006.
Luke has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of the psychological disorder autism which causes difficulties in social interaction. The condition meant he often struggled in high-pressure situations such as job interviews and was left with his self-esteem severely dented following years of rejection from potential employers.
Instead of giving up, Luke decided to look at other opportunities such as launching his own business. With the help of Sharing the Success, the Leeds Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) Luke transformed his experience of being unemployed and into a social enterprise and launched a magazine called ‘Aspire’ which aimed to help others with the same condition.
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Sarah Teather, the new Children’s Minister, last week ordered a Green Paper on youngsters with Special Educational Needs (SEN), amid concerns that the diagnosis may be being overused to explain simple bad behaviour – or even in order to get more money for schools.
It has now emerged that the number of children aged between two and four who were assessed as having special needs by nurseries has risen by 19 per cent in two years to 31,350.
Another 8,280 were diagnosed as needing a legal “statement” setting out the support they are entitled to, a rise of eight per cent since 2008.
The Green Paper ordered by Miss Teather into special educational needs and the lives of disabled children will be published in the autumn.
read more at Sharp rise in number of special needs pupils – Telegraph.