The Scottish Government is working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde on a training initiative, providing free places to selected individuals on a Post Graduate autism Module.
The Scottish Strategy for Autism was launched in November 2011 to ensure people with autism and their families are supported by the widest possible range of social care, education, housing, employment and other community based services.
18 months into our 10 year strategy we are making good progress towards delivering the goals of the strategy. There is still much to do but we are beginning to make a difference to the lives of people with autism by improving support services available to people who need them.
The Scottish Government Autism Reference Group tasked with implementing the Scottish Strategy for Autism sees education for those who work with and care for people on the autism spectrum as a vital part of their initiative to improve the lives of people with autism and their families.
That is why, for the second year running, we are providing funding for up to 100 professionals, carers and other individuals with a special interest in autism to study this Post Graduate Module ‘Understanding the Impact of Autism’ which is one of the modules within the Masters of Education (MEd) in Autism provided by the University of Strathclyde. The module can be taken for Professional Development, to increase awareness or for Post Graduate credit on successful completion of an assessment. Funding will be offered FREE to students in Scotland as part of the £13.4 m autism fund to implement the strategy.
The module can be delivered as a Distance Learning Module, at the Glasgow Campus and for a small number of student cohorts on an outreach basis. The Distance Learning and Campus delivery runs for an 8-week period and outreach delivery is negotiable. Any interests for an outreach delivery should be discussed with the Anna Robinson (Course Leader M.Ed in Autism). Due to this range of delivery modes requests of interest will be taken from July-September and selected applicants will be informed by October of when the module will run.
This initiative will make a real impact in delivering the strategy. Through this training we will increase the understanding of autism, and help to ensure that people on the spectrum have access to professionals within autism services which understand and are able to meet the needs of people with autism.
If you are interested in taking the Post Graduate Module please contact Catriona Murray (PgCert/PgDip/Med in Autism Course Administrator) University of Strathclyde, LH602 Lord Hope Building, 141 St James Road, Glasgow, G4 0LT 0141 444 8758 firstname.lastname@example.org
To maximise the impact of autism training selection is based on potential scope across Scotland and also those people who have received training on the Open University 20-week course should not apply for this module.