The number of children with autism in Brighton and Hove has risen markedly over the past three years.
And two secondary schools have pitched for funding to help them cater for the increase.
Hove Park and Dorothy Stringer hope to make use of a £2 million donation from a charitable trust as well as £500,000 funding from the government.
At the same time Brighton and Hove City Council said that it was working with local support groups to make changes aimed at improving provision for children with autism.
Some of the changes are in response to a 2014 report by a “scrutiny panel” of councillors.
An update report – to the council’s Children, Young People and Skills Committee – said that in January there were 417 children with autism as the main condition requiring support in Brighton and Hove.
These were children who had a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan – and the number had gone up from 289 in January 2015.
The update report recommends that the Children, Young People and Skills Committee authorises council officials to work with the National Autistic Society and the Cullum Family Trust.