The support provided directly to students with Autism Spectrum Conditions through the Wellbeing, Accessability and Student Experience teams are key, but we need also to ensure that staff across the institution are aware of the support provided and understand autism themselves so that they can adapt their own teaching practices and design more inclusive curricula.
An important component of the Exeter Spectrum Programme, therefore, is to develop staff awareness of autism through training and regular discussion. We will:
- recruit Autism Champions from departments and services across the University who will work together to understand autism and implications for how we can better support students;
- evaluate training materials on autism provided by the National Autistic Society, identifying particularly those elements of relevance to Higher Education;
- work with the Autism Champions to train more staff and foster discussions within their own department or service.