by Annalisa Lista – 2016.04.08

French schools as well as healthcare and social services continue to fail people with autism.

An in-depth survey carried out by a committee of experts has denounced some serious shortcomings in French institutions in their treatment of an intellectual disorder that affects some 600,000 people in France.

The most serious failures outlined in documents and testimonies in the study include: schools are unprepared and unwilling to accommodate children with autism (in France only 18 per cent attend school, compared with 80 per cent, for example, in Italy); poor professional training for doctors and psychologists on the subject; as well as a lack of work opportunities. These shortcomings delay early detection of autism, as well as employment and social integration of people with autism.

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