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.
Three years into our ten 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 third year running, we are providing funding for up to 100 professionals, people on the spectrum, carers and other individuals with a special interest in autism to study this PG 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 Continued Professional Development, to increase autism awareness or for Post Graduate credit on successful completion of an assessment. Funding will be offered FREE to people who live or work 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 Dr Anna Robinson (Autism Courses Leader, M.Ed in Autism).
Due to this range of delivery modes expressions of interest will be taken from Friday 14th November until Friday 19th December 2014 and selected applicants will be informed by February 2015. The module will start after Easter in April 2015.
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 this module please send an email or telephone 0141 444 8100.
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.