College and University

Experiences

  • My tutors saw potential         Luke found support at a local university.      I live in Luton with my parents and the University of Bedfordshire is quite close, so I applied for a foundation degree there.            (new)
  • Two experiences         Two students have recorded a video about their experiences of further and higher education.
  • Here is a BBC interview with two students, Tom and Kirsty, who are on the spectrum called:  The autistic me.         I wanted to show people that I was happier after the first show made me look unhappy and depressed.         I wanted to show other people with autism are the same as normal people and can get on okay.             
  • Ryan’s transition to university       The voice of experience:  This continuation of support was a huge help in helping me settle in.        I had sometimes been bullied at my secondary school and the fear started to creep back in when university loomed.         I wear a wristband that says Autism Awareness on it, and one of my friends happened to notice it and asked what it was about.  
  • The Ambitious About Autism website publishes experiences of education.
    1. For example:  I have always thought of autism as a different language to English.           See  Jack: aged 19
    2. Peter: A-Level student – How he coped with handwriting and tutorial challenges at college.
    3. For more experiences of further education see – Young people’s experiences

New college

Linkage will be opening a specialist college in Lincoln in September 2017.              They will offer vocational training.               See Related calendar for more information and up-coming open days.

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See also:  Colleges

Students - FreeDigImageFinding your way

Grantham College

  • Computing courses may be of interest to many.            See also Wider area and Education & Training for some more options.
  • Grantham College offers a Day Break service with leisure activities to help students to build confidence and improve social skills, learn and develop independent living skills, make new friends and much more, as they put it.           Lisa would be happy to talk about the possibilities:  01476 404394,  lsmith@grantham.ac.uk.           The college is proud of its purpose built facilities.               See brochure.               Lisa is also the SEN Co-ordinator for the college so she is the one to contact for any questions relating to SEN
  • Purpose built Learning Development Centre opened 2014.
  • For general information see:  About        Support

Which jobs?

  • Which jobs are good for adults with Asperger’s?                See:  My Aspeger Child            Indiana Resource Centre
  • Here are a couple of interactive pages:   Job profiles             Skills check
  • Computers are often popular with children on the autistic spectrum.              At school the subject is called ITC:   What is ITC?        Learner guides         IT vs ICT                Here is an article that considers difficulties that people with Asperger’s working in IT have drawing on some of their experiences.                See also:  The Science  under the heading, The Geek Syndrome.
  • Did you know that there are police officers with autism?        Having AS doesn’t automatically preclude anyone from joining the police, however you would have to pass the assessment and training, the same as for any NT applicant.               See:  FAQ

AbilityPlusDisabilityNetworking with other students

Ambitious about Autism runs a project called myVoice:

“… for young people with autism aged 16-25 to learn more about themselves and their place in the wider world.         It’s full of stories, films and helpful information and advice.        More than anything, it’s a place where you can feel at home and connect with other 16-25 year olds”.

Living it up

Michael McCreary, aspie comic, having some fun channelling Joe Cocker at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival.            Click play button to watch or Facebook icon to browse his timeline.

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