The Autism Spectrum is a complex and intricate neurobiological condition, which while having a common set of characteristic traits, presents very differently in each individual. It is a spectrum condition ranging from classic Autism to Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.
I believe that in Australia we are almost at the point where we are about to be forced to provide ASD Specific education, as in the UK. We are seeing children suspended, expelled or excluded from school for a good part of every day because teachers, Administration staff and schools in general don't have the skills or manpower to cater for those students with high needs. I know many families whose children are only in school for 1 or 2 hours a day because schools do not know how to deal with them, or have the personnel to spare to cater to their specific needs.
Every child deserves an education, and in fact parents are fined and prosecuted for not enforcing sending their children to school, but it seems that schools can send children home at any time for displaying behaviours directly related to their diagnosed condition, and not feel obligated to educate those outside the prevalent "norms". This seems a little paradoxical to me.
Depending on each child's unique profile of Aspergers Syndrome I believe there are many children who would benefit, thrive and excel academically within an environment that specifically catered to their needs, focusing on their strengths, minimizing their weaknesses and teaching them to self-moderate their emotions and behaviour.
With the almost epidemic statistics (1 in 88) Australia and the rest of the world need to embrace the positive aspects of AS and nurture the skills and talents of those with high needs in an exclusive and specific environment.
Just my view…..