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(Ireland) Website: Making universities "autism-friendly"

Aug 30, 2021, Irish Examiner: New website to help autistic students navigate barriers in third-level education

A new website supporting autistic young people to navigate barriers they might face in higher-level education has launched this week. Launched by national charity AsIAm, the website includes practical resources for third-level students, including financial and budgeting advice, virtual tours, and student recipes. Autistic people have a lot to offer to, and benefit from, higher education, according to Adam Harris, the chief executive of AsIAm…. “That said, often the barriers which prevent autistic people from choosing to attend or completing higher-level studies come from non-academic challenges,” he said…. In 2018, AsIAm launched the world’s first framework for universities to achieve a whole of campus accreditation for autism-friendly practice. It was launched in partnership with Dublin City University, the first higher-level institution to implement the standard. Since then, the National College of Ireland has also been accredited, and no fewer than five other institutions are working towards the recognition…. • According to AsIAm, the website has been created in close partnership with autistic third-level students. The website has been funded by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund.


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