CHILDREN and young people with autism are being left behind when it comes to achieving their potential, according to a latest report.

The National Autistic Society feels children on the autistic spectrum are let down by the education system, three years after significant changes were promised.

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, attended an event in Parliament hosted by the society and pledged his support to help tackle the inequality of support for children with special educational needs.

He said: "I am concerned about the education offered to young people who are on the autistic spectrum.

"I think the government should look at this again and offer more help."

More than four in ten families are currently being turned away when asking for the extra help they need and calls have been made to develop an effective education strategy for children with autism.