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Autistic 17 yr old son not in education.
Hello i have a 17 yr old Autistic son who suffers with Anxiety and has severe asthma. after a lot of discussions with his previous school and a meeting i set up with the special needs teacher and child psychologist.. it was agreed my son needed to stay on at 6th form as he was not ready for college..after the school hoidays he returned to the school in sept 2017 after a lot of upset..he was in the school 6th form for not even an hour and the school call us to go and collect him ( he has never gone out alone without us) saying he is very unhappy and doesnt want to be here and we cant make him stay if he doesnt want to .. also they say they didnt have an adequate course for him to be on.. myself and my husband left frantic at this point as we both work and we dont have any family members to help. my son has been in our care ever since. the college cant give him the support he needs as the school didnt have an EHCP in place? the school just didnt give us any support at all , they just washed there hand s of him .. we have been fighting since he came out of school to get him an EHCP and had it rejected last week. i give up now .. our family life is so stressful. we have a 24 yr old with Anxiety and mental health problems also. i only work 7 hrs a week as i am unable to do more having to be home for my sons .. and also trying to look after my mother with Cancer who lives 3 miles away from me and unfortunately i dont drive so everything is on foot. my son being out of education is horrendous we tried to get help from Autism Together and career connect.. the list goes on.. his Anxiety levels most days being through the roof. and to add even more woe on top of this we have lost our Child Tax Credits , my husbands working tax credits , housing benefit?/ £600 month down.. i am at my wits end..we have asked so many people for advice i have now got in arrears with my rent because of the money being down every month.. i just wonder where all this ends?.. if its not bad enough that my son has to deal with his Anxiety and then the authorities kick you in the teeth and take away money that was vital. we are still left to look after him, he still has to be clothed and fed. i have never been so scared but i cant sleep at night anymore...
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