Empowering Autistic Students: Strategies for Inclusion, Communication, and Well-being in Higher Education

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Description of Activity

This session aimed to improve the educational experience of autistic students within the UK Higher Education context. It intended to outline practical strategies that promoted inclusivity, enhanced communication, and supported the well-being of autistic students, aiding their academic and social progress.

The session started with an overview of the Equality Act 2010, stressing the necessity for universities to make reasonable adjustments and prevent discrimination to ensure autistic students had equal access to higher education. It incorporated advice from the National Autism Society, proposing specific support mechanisms for autistic individuals.

The discussion included the adoption of inclusive teaching methods that addressed various learning preferences, such as alternative assessment options and specialised support services. It examined communication techniques that improved clarity and engagement, aimed at overcoming the social and academic challenges autistic students might encounter.

Furthermore, the presentation considered the importance of mental health, suggesting ways to cultivate a campus environment that acknowledged and mitigated the potential stressors and sensory issues autistic students faced. By presenting examples and outcomes, the session offered insights and strategies to foster a more inclusive and supportive educational environment for autistic students.
Period13 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Higher Education