We’re currently currently working towards Autism-Friendly Status with National College of Ireland! Having seen great success in our pilot scheme with DCU, AsIAm is committed to making universities across Ireland autism friendly.
This initiative means celebrating students and staff on the autism spectrum and providing a learning environment to help all students and staff to realise their potential.
NCI have committed to 8 key principles of autism inclusion across all areas of college life. The principles are:
1. Encourage and enable students to transition into and participate in university programmes.
2. Support and build capacity to equip students with Autism to meet academic challenges of everyday university life.
3. Support and build capacity to equip students with Autism to meet social challenges of everyday university life.
4. Seek to establish an Autism friendly operational environment.
5. Seek to combat the stigma around autism and recognise the diverse experience of those with the condition.
6. Develop understanding and relevant knowledge and skills within the University community.
7. Establish channels so that students with Autism can have a voice in various aspects of university life.
8. Increase employability of graduates with Autism.
More information can be seen on their website.
A group from across the college is currently working on an action plan. This means looking at the college’s physical environment, raising awareness, employability, training and autism awareness amongst our NCI community and in the wider community. This group will as part of its work be speaking to other departments around NCI.
You can find out more about NCI’s Autism Friendly Initiative and register for the talks at www.ncirl.ie/autismfriendly.