Ambitious about Autism would like to hear from parents or carers of children and young people with autism aged 0-25. The results will inform our ongoing We Need An Education campaign – calling for a fairer deal for autistic children and young people.

Please complete this survey to tell us about your experiences of diagnosis, early years support and the education system. Once you have completed the survey you have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £50 Love2Shop voucher.


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* 1. Does your child have autism?

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* 2. How long did you have to wait from getting a referral to receiving a formal diagnosis of autism for your child?

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* 3. If you answered 'I'm currently waiting for a referral' on question 2, can you please tell us how long you have been waiting below?

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* 4. Did you feel like you were offered adequate support after your child received an autism diagnosis (for example, were you provided with further information about autism, local support groups, strategies or therapies– such as speech & language therapy)?

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* 5. Did you send your child to an early years education and/ or childcare setting (for example, a nursery, childminder or playgroup)? 

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* 6. Were you/are you satisfied that your child’s early years setting met/meets their needs?

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* 7. If you would like to provide some more information regarding your answer to question 5, please use the box below.

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* 8. How long did it take you to receive an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan?

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* 9. If you answered 'I'm still waiting for an EHC plan', can you please tell us how long you have been waiting below?

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* 10. Did you experience stress/ lose sleep securing the right placement for your child?

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* 11. Has your child refused to attend school due to anxiety in the last year?

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* 12. Has your child ever been sent home early, worked on a reduced timetable, or been asked not to come on a school trip without receiving an official letter from the school?

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* 13. If you answered 'yes' to question 12 - did this happen in last academic year 2018/2019?

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* 14. As a result of your child being formally excluded, or being sent home early, or working on a reduced timetable, have you or your partner (tick all that apply):

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* 15. Has anyone, such as your local authority or child's school, ever asked you to consider home schooling your child?

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* 16. Thank you for completing our survey. If there is anything else you would like to add about your experience, please use the box below.

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* 17. Ambitious about Autism may wish to contact you to find out more about your experience, please tick the box below to consent to this.

If you do not wish to give consent to being contacted and for your survey answers to remain anonymous, please leave the box unticked. 

If you would like to be entered into our prize draw to win a £50 Love2shop voucher, please tick the box below.

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* 18. If you answered, 'yes' to either of the options in question 16 please provide your contact details below.

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