Last week a High Court judge ruled that Cheshire County Council's refusal to top up the fees of an autistic six-year-old girl attending the Higashi School in Boston, US, was wrong. Tracy Cherrih had found a businessman willing to contribute Pounds 20,000 towards the Pounds 53,000 fees, which would have made the council's contribution no more than the cost of sending the girl, Hanna, to a local school. But the council refused, and the refusal was upheld by the Special Educational Needs Tribunal last December. Since then Hanna has been at home.
Legislation on special needs is discriminating against children with autism. Josephine Gardiner reports.
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