France ad­dresses autism rights

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

6 The French gov­ern­ment launched a €340m ($418m) strat­egy in an ef­fort to make amends for the coun­try’s scan­dalous state treat­ment of chil­dren and adults with autism, which has been de­nounced by the UN as a “wide­spread vi­o­la­tion” of cit­i­zens’ rights. The strat­egy in­tends to give chil­dren with a neuro-de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­der ac­cess to main­stream ed­u­ca­tion – a le­gal right that they had been de­nied.

There will also be a drive to im­prove sup­port for autis­tic adults.

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