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

November’s post webinar task is due at midnight on 15th December 2021.

Please send the tasks in when you are ready but also let us know if you are having problems submitting in time. We have deliberately kept the tasks short but know that many are struggling for time with lockdown, increased workloads and children at home.

January Training Information

Booking will open on Friday 26th November 2021

Our January Autism Training webinar will take place on Wednesday 12th January 2022 with the written task due before midnight on Monday 28th January 2022.

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

Please email to enquire about our reduced rate group bookings for this training.

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

CPD Provider 2021-22
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 and Specialist Mentor – Autism

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

This is version four of the course with many additional references and it has been updated with additional concepts and ideas.

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

All questions asked and answered will be sent through to all attendees after the session to refer back to.

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.

Professor Nicola Martin worked with Dr Damian Milton on The Research Autism Cygnet Project on which this webinar is based. Damian and Nicola are both members of The Westminster Autism Commission. She is now Professor of Education and Social Justice at London South Bank University (LSBU) where she developed the MA programme in autism and education (including FE and HE), and the EdD in Education and Social Justice.  She leads the Critical Autism and Disability Studies Research Group at LSBU where she worked with Dr Damian Milton to set up The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). Nicola has personal lived experience of neurodiversity and autistic family members. She has headed up disabled student support services at two universities and managed two Access Centres. Nicola was Director of The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam for two years. Her PhD focussed on the experiences of autistic university students. She is an advisor to the NADP Board and an editor of The Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education.

Joanna Hastwell has been working in disability and inclusivity support for education since 2004. In the past she was involved in autism support at both Sheffield Hallam University and London South Bank University. Joanna has a long-term connection with research around effective support for autistic students at the University of Cambridge and was lead author on the Cambridge Asperger project (see bibliography). Joanna is a full director for the National Association of Disability Practitioners. She also has personal lived experience of neurodiversity.

Lynn Wilson is autistic and dyslexic. She has been involved with lecturing in critical disability studies; disability support and her own disability research in both teaching and research universities since 2001. She holds qualifications in both mentoring and specialist tuition and has worked with autistic students for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in training for equality and disability issues and she is an editor for the Journal of Inclusive Practice in FE and HE.

All three trainers are formally accredited by the CPD Standards Office as Accredited Speakers. The accreditation complies with the DfE requirement (dated September 2019) for training to be delivered by ‘a suitably qualified person.’                                                           

Feedback from Previous Autism Training Events

“Thank you for the great content in this course. I have enjoyed the presentation and input of all 3 course leaders. Although I have spent most of my working career in teaching and supporting autistic students in primary and secondary settings, I have worked in HE now for just over 5 years. It is certainly great to have a HE focus. ”.

“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”.

I very much enjoyed the training material and it definitely did make me reassess how I approach my work with Autistic students as well as other students I work with.”

Although I found the presentations and slide material extremely informative, I particularly liked that we were all sent a list of questions and answers that had cropped up during the event afterwards. It covered many perspectives and allowed me to see the issues from a range of different viewpoints.”