Working Effectively with Autistic University Students

Delivered by NADP with the support of London South Bank University

Online Delivery of Working Effectively with Autistic University Students

Pre-webinar reading pack (sent in December 2020 and January 2021)

Webinar: 25 January 2021 (11am London time) – also available as captioned video and a transcript.

Post webinar task (3 X 100-150 words) to be completed by end February 2021

Cost: Named Members & Associates: £110.00
Non-members: £130.00

Bookings will open in November 2020.

This online training event is suitable for all academic and professional staff working with students on the Autistic Spectrum.

CPD Standards Office logo showing the CPD Provider number 41176 and stating that the course qualifies as 5 and a half hours of certified CPD
Working Effectively with Autistic University Students qualifies for 5 and a half hours of CPD

In addition, the DfE have accepted this course as part of the registration process for both Specialist one-to-one Study Skills and Strategy Support – Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Specialist Mentor – Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

This CPD certified course will enhance and build upon your existing knowledge and experience of working with Autistic students in Further and Higher Education.

It is based on a two year Research Autism study  (The Cygnet Project) which was informed by the views of Autistic adults.

You will look at the barriers, challenges and successes which Autistic students face at university and consider strategies and inclusive practice you can implement in your current roles and institutions.

You will be able to:

  • Explore the range of professional roles that are relevant to supporting autistic students in Higher Education, their remits and their boundaries
  • Apply this knowledge and understanding to the specific context of  working in your role at your university
  • Consider inclusive practice to mitigate the barriers Autistic students may experience

This will be of benefit to all Further and Higher Education practitoners who wish to expand, explore and develop their current knowledge and practice, including Disability Advisers, Service Managers, Subject Leads, Academic Tutors, DSA Needs Assessors, AT Trainers, Mentors & Study Skills Tutors.

Course Information

Part 1: a pre-webinar module consisting of an introductory video and a workpack with questions to stimulate your thoughts.

This is designed to give you an introduction to the concepts that will be covered in more detail in the webinar. Depending on your previous experience, you may already possess some of the information, but we need to include a thorough basis to ensure you are all attending the webinar with a similar level of knowledge.

Part 2: a webinar consisting of a presentation and the opportunity to ask questions and consolidate your knowledge

Part 3: a short written task of approximately 500 words to submit to the NADP Office.

Your trainers

All three trainers are accredited by the CPD Standards Office to deliver this training course.

Nicola Martin was Principal Investigator for The Research Autism Cygnet Project. She is now Professor of Education and Social Justice at London South Bank University. In this role Nicola developed the MA programme in autism and education,  and the EdD in Education and Social Justice. Both programmes cover post compulsory education. Nicola has headed up disabled student support services at two universities and was Director of The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam for two years. Her PhD focussed on the experiences of autistic university students.

Joanna Hastwell has been working in disability and inclusivity support for education since 2004. In the past she has was involved in autism support at both Sheffield Hallam University and London South Bank University. Currently she is involved in research and support for autistic students at the University of Cambridge as well as acting as a full director for the National Association of Disability Practitioners.

Lynn Wilson has been working with disabled students since 2000. She worked generally with all disabled students but specialised in supporting neurodiverse students and those with sensory impairments. She has worked in colleges and teaching and research universities. She became a full direction of NADP in 2013 and then moved to manage the association as Operations Manager. She continues to be involved in both student support and research.

Feedback from Previous ASC Training Events

“A very interactive and engaging workshop that helped me to understand the complexities of autism and how to assist students with SpLDs in HE”.

“I was most impressed with Professor Martin’s extremely wide and in-depth knowledge of the subject and also her knowledge of our job roles. This helped to make the anecdotes and examples she provided become really ‘real’ and relevant to our the roles we perform”.

“I found the event very beneficial and I am keen to implement new techniques learnt into my institution”.

“It was a most helpful and well-organised day, I liked the venue and how the tea, lunch and other breaks were spaced out.  Most of all, both speakers ensured that attendees had valuable “case studies” –  derived from their extensive knowledge and experience   – to think about and discuss.” 

I have always liked Nicki’s down to earth, common sense approach and her ability to normalise the experiences of autistic people; including university students”.