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Ayrshire College raises awareness of autism

Ayrshire College raises awareness of autism

The Inclusive Learning team at Ayrshire College has been raising awareness of autism to its students and staff members.

A workshop was recently available for staff that outlined some of the challenges that students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder experience at college, and suggested possible support strategies that could be put in place.

Autism Network Scotland delivered the workshop in conjunction with One Stop Shop, as part of World Autism Awareness Week.

Various other organisations such as Project SEARCH, Skills Development Scotland and Partners for Inclusion, also came into the College to promote the support they can offer to students with autism.

Virtual reality demonstrations provided by the College’s Learning Technologists used an app to suggest what it is like to live with autism, while pledge boards were also on each campus for students to sign, promising to be understanding towards every student.

Students were also invited to take part in an Easter Treasure Hunt at the Kilwinning Campus, organised by Routes to Careers: Retail and Routes to Careers: IT, with all proceeds going to Scottish Autism.

Another group of students in Kilwinning have ambitious plans to raise awareness and money for autism charities. NC Social Sciences students will soon be climbing Ben Nevis for charity.

Doreen Wales, Head of Inclusive Learning at Ayrshire College, said “The event was a great opportunity for students and staff to celebrate World Autism Awareness Week, and for the College to demonstrate its commitment to improving transitions and support for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

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