First dedicated school for autism launched in Gauteng

The provincial education and social development department’s launched the first of 12 specialised schools.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi launched the province's first dedicated school for autistic pupils on 18 January 2016. Picture: @EducationGP via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the launch of the province's first dedicated school for autistic pupils shows no child will be prevented from obtaining an education.

Picture by Christa Eybers/EWN.

The provincial education and social development department's launched the first of 12 specialised schools for autism in Orlando West in Soweto today.

All organisations in the #autism sector,will receive all the necessary support from us @Lesufi @gpgSocDev @emaster_mosuwe #ThulasizwePrimary

Autism is a developmental disability in which those diagnosed with the condition communicate, interact, behave and learn differently from most other people.

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Lesufi says today's launch of the Thulasizwe School for Autism has been described as a further step towards ensuring that all children have access to education.

The children at the school will receive specialist treatment and counselling with infrastructure that caters for their specific needs.