When it comes to discussing autism, Asperger Syndrome or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the focus often falls on the difficulties encountered by parents sourcing services or appropriate education for their children. Sometimes it is the personal account of a person who is on the autistic spectrum.
The Certificate in Autism Spectrum Studies at UCC takes a different approach. Created by Adult Continuing Education (ACE) at UCC, in a remarkable example of cooperation, the Brothers of Charity, COPE Foundation, Cork Association for Autism and Shine Ireland have shared their expertise with ACE in the development of a programme that focuses on the different ways in which people on the autistic spectrum experience the world.
It is designed for those who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the issues affecting the lives of people who experience ASD and examines the historical and social practices that enabled autism to be identified.
The programme was developed following heavy demand from parents and siblings, teachers and front line workers, health care and other professionals and those who have an interest in the area of autism.
This one year part-time programme, as well as UCC’s two year part-time Diploma in Disability Studies, will be available in the NAS Training Centre in the Cleaboy Business Park from October.
An Open Information Day takes place on Friday, September 20th from 2-7pm in NAS Training Centre, Cleaboy Business Park, Waterford City.
For further information on the delivery of the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Studies or the Diploma in Disability Studies in Waterford contact Danette Connolly, Course Co-ordinator on 051 333960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org