View Full Version : Question for non-American autistics

October 21st, 2014, 04:12 PM
As a French person who's been diagnosed with autism as a kid, I've had it a lot harder than many autistic Americans. It was hard for my parents to get me into a public school, and I'm homeschooled part of the day (a rarity in France unless you're autistic). The people in charge simply refuse to let us go to school full-time. I've actually heard of schools in France refusing autistic kids. My father said that I should have an education and not be put in some daycare.

A lot of people (not in my generation but many in my grandparents' generation and even my parents' generation), still have that whole refrigerator mother mentality - the idea that bad parenting causes autism, an idea which should be obsolete. It upsets me and my parents that people in France try to hide the fact that autism exists. My parents promised me that they'd help me.

So I am wondering how autistic people are treated outside North America?

October 23rd, 2014, 02:19 PM
I'm not autistic but I have a couple of friends who are. They didn't specificaly had any hard time with public schools. Maybe it's just the southern europeans? I don't know.

October 23rd, 2014, 02:32 PM
I live in Scotland we have several boys at my school who are autistic and generally where some have been either home schooled or at care places they say they prefer the school. I am so sad about the situation in France

I found a link here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17583123 that gives some more info.

January 2nd, 2015, 08:27 PM
I'm not autistic, but I live in northern England and I have someone in my class that is austistic. They let him do everything eveyone else does, but in things like DT where we work with big equipment, there is an assistant who monitors him.