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Jackie Malloy, mother of autistic son
"I will fight until Russell gets what he needs."
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Thursday, 25 November, 1999, 15:53 GMT
Mother wins battle for autistic son
Jackie Malloy has been teaching her autistic son at home Jackie Malloy has been teaching her autistic son at home

A mid Wales mother has won the latest round of her long fight to get her autistic son special education.

Jackie Malloy from Newtown has been keeping nine year old Russell at home as she battles with Powys Council.

She claims special units in local schools can not provide the help he needs.

For almost two years Russell has been taught at home by his mother.

The family has now won their fight for a new assessment by the education authority.

'All too common' fight

But Powys Council insist Russell can be taught in units within mainstream schools without expensive outside help.

The National Autistic Society in Wales says parents have to go through this type of fight too often.

Cases like the Malloys are all too common and better early diagnosis of autistic problems and improved services are urgently needed, the society says.

Jackie Malloy is celebrating the High Court ruling that Russell must have home tuition while he is assessed.

She remains determined to fight on for the help she is convinced is vital to her son's future
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