A new report published by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) said that autistic teenagers have to deal with bullying and being discriminated against and are also unable to pay attention in class.
Around 100 autistic teenagers between 12 and 17 years of age and 65 parents took part in a survey with researchers finding that nearly three quarters of the parents believed that their children needed more support in combating bullying with a similar number admitting to difficulties in concentration and paying attention in class.
AdvertisementAround 65 percent of parents did not believe that schools do not have proper information on autism while 57 percent of the children said that they either belonged or would like to belong to a hobby or sports group.
"Our 2011 survey told us adolescence was defined by interrupted school pathways, relentless bullying and discrimination, and unmet educational needs, which meant most adults were highly unlikely to find employment. Australia will lose out if our next generation of young people has the same trouble entering the workforce, and indicators from this 2013 We Belong Too report are not promising", Director of Aspect Practice, Dr Debra Costley said.