The Autism Centre was founded in 2017.
We work with many students who have an interest in autism. Our founder, who completed the MAPP Programme at Bucks New University – is currently undertaking a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University Autism Centre – studying courage through an autistic lens. He is also a member of the Doncaster Autism Partnership Board, a consultant for the National Autistic Society, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Manchester University within the field of autism.
The Autism Centre runs a NICE Kitemark Award initiative. The acronym “NICE” stands for Neurodiversity Inclusivity Confident Employer and the Centre’s lead objective is to help make workplaces more inclusive for people with neurodivergent profiles that are often “hidden” or masked, such as autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia, and not taken into consideration when developing workplace cultures and norms.
The Award is open to applications throughout the year. If you or your organisation is interested in learning more, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre also runs the following professional qualifications:
- Level 3 Certificate Neurodiversity & Inclusion (Train the Trainer)
- Level 5 Diploma Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners
To learn more about these courses, or submit an application, please contact: email@example.com
The Centre is also active in research and is currently researching (or has researched) the following topics in collaboration with UK national stakeholders and/or Sheffield Hallam University:
- Courage and Autism
- Developmental Delay
- Difference not deficit: A strength-based model
- Co-productive approach to language, policy and practice within a care / service environment
- Policies, Drivers & Levers
- Regulated Practice Diploma for SEND (Development stages of OFQUAL application)
- Autism & Positive Education
- Autism & Coaching
In 2022, the Centre issued its first round of Autism Scholarships for Positive Psychology Practitioner graduates embarking on research on Autism and Positive Psychology.