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There was enthusiasm and agreement to create a collaborative of autism providers and commissioners at our Engage event, held on May 5, 2015 at the University of Strathclyde. In response to this, a second afternoon workshop was arranged for August 25, 2015. This event was designed to be another opportunity to allow practitioners and purchasers, social care providers and commissioners to network. The day focused on service provision.

Professor Jean MacLellan opened the day with an overview of the Scottish Strategy for Autism’s ongoing progress and how the event fits with the Strategy’s outcomes.  Monica Boyle and Paul MacArthur of KEY & Community Lifestyles presented on service provision and designing physical environments.  Jim Taylor, Jim Taylor Knows Autism, then spoke about designing environments for children with autism and how that could be applied in other contexts.  Jayne Porter of Autism Network Scotland then presented on awareness raising within staff teams and lead the group in a case study exercise.  Jean then closed the day with a wrap up and request for ideas for future events. There was agreement from attendees that the Providers and Commissioners Collaborative will continue.

Below please find the presentations from the day, and a list of useful resources relevant to the day’s topics.

Monica Boyle, KEY & Community Supports

Monica Boyle, KEY & Community Supports


Monica Boyle and Paul MacArthur, KEY & Community LifestylesService Provision and Designing Physical Environments

Jim Taylor, Jim Taylor Knows AutismDesigning Environments that Address the Learning Styles of People with Autism

Jayne Porter, Autism Network ScotlandAwareness Raising Within Staff Teams



Autism Outcomes and Priorities 2015-2017

New Struan School – Designed for Autism

Designing for Autism

NES Training Plan

SIGN booklet for parents

Principles of Good Transitions 2

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Attendees engaged in a case study exercise.