TRIBUTES have poured in for a woman whose pioneering work with autistic children helped hundreds of families in Oxfordshire.
Sheila Coates, who died recently at the age of 68, pioneered a service to integrate autistic children into mainstream schools.
She also launched a special autism unit at St Andrews Primary School in Chinnor, where she lived with her husband Chris and their three children, John, Ian and David.
Many families moved to Chinnor just so their child could attend the unit Sheila started at St Andrews.
Her work made it possible for hundreds of autistic children to attend mainstream schools and enabled many to gain GCSEs, A levels and go on to college and university.
Children in Touch, the autism charity she helped set up, continues to provide support to families with autistic children across the country.
A fund to support the charity has been set up in her memory: www.justgiving.com/sheilacoates.