The research team is UCL Institute of Education (IOE) researchers, Dr Caroline Oliver, Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou and Professor Carol Vincent. The research is funded by the British Educational Research Association (BERA), running for seven months (October 2020 – April 2021). Our new research project seeks to understand more about the experiences of autistic young people and their parents during the past few months of school closure, lockdown, and return to school. The researchers are interested in discussing the educational, social, and emotional aspects of these events with families.
Families can express their interest to take part by filling out this short survey:
With many thanks and warm wishes.
Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou
Parents Experiences of Using a Communication System with their Child
I am a primary special-school teacher and also the carer of a young adult with autism. I am currently completing an MEd course in Children with Autism at the University of Birmingham and undertaking this project as part of my studies.
This project aims to explore parent or carer experiences of introducing and using a communication system with their child. Also, whether or not they found it successful.
By taking part, you will add to the current understanding of the role of parents/ carers and may help shape professional practice in the future.
Who can complete this questionnaire?
This invitation is for parents and carers of children with autism aged 2 to 19 years; who use or have used PECS, symbols, communication boards, aided language displays, communication books, communication folders, talking software or speech devices; to take part in a project.
The project will consist of an anonymous online questionnaire. There may also be an opportunity to take part in an interview if you would like to do so.
If you would like to ask any questions about the study, please contact Helen Miller on email@example.com or my project supervisor, Dr Prithvi Perepa, on P.Perepa@bham.ac.uk
To take part in this questionnaire, please click this link: Go to questionnaire
The questionnaire closes on Sunday 6th December 2020; please complete it before then.
Finally, if you feel you need support or advice about using a communication system or autism; the following independent organisations are available:
Specifically for Communication 1voice parent group, https://www.1voice.info Communication Matters https://communicationmatters.org.uk
COVID-19 Information and Resources
We appreciate that this is a very challenging and anxious time for autistic people, their families and the staff who support them. Our team of accreditation advisers are on hand to help you with finding resources and materials or if we can answering your queries. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
The National Autistic Society has produced resources and information regarding coronavirus which can be accessed here:
The Accreditation team have also produced a booklet for parents who are educating their child at home which is attached to this email. We have also put together a bank of Social Stories, Easy Read information and Easy Read Posters which organisations and schools have been kind to share on the internet.
The World Health Organisation have produced videos on coronavirus and washing hands:
We hope that these resources may be helpful to you but appreciate that there is ‘no one size fits all’ approach that works for all autistic people and often it is a case of modifying and personalising materials to best suit the individual involved.
Click here to find out more
*** Big thank you to the Coop for the recent donation *
Autism Awareness Week 2020..... watch this space for events
Autism Accreditation Assessment 14th - 16th December 2020
Message from the National Autistic Society "As part of the Autism Accreditation assessment, we carry out a survey for autistic people, their families and if applicable, other professionals who work alongside, to feedback on the provision being assessed"
Families of Autistic People
This is intended for the family member/carer who represents the interests of the autistic person to complete.
This is intended for any autistic adult or young person over the age of 16, who attends your provision. It can be completed by the autistic person or with support.
Our autism awareness campaign has reached Paris....
Autism Awareness Week 2019 (click here to see the timetable of events)
What you had to say.......
"Good I enjoyed it"
"Was good to see other parents and share info"
"It helps raise awareness of Autism and bring parents together"
Summer 2017 news......
We are proud to announce we have achieved the Autism Accreditation
Autism Accreditation is an internationally-recognised process of support and development for all those providing services to autistic people.
St Anne's School and Sixth Form College
Standard: Day School
Status: Accredited on 08-08-2017
Advisor: Anja Cole
St Anne's School and Sixth Form College: Chris Lee, St Helen's Drive, Welton, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU15 1NR, United Kingdom, tel: 01482 667379
Further to the achievement of earning the Autism Accreditation, the school has got a commendation for community links. Chris Lee picks up the award from Chris Mitchell the Head of Autism Accreditation at NAS (click here to read the report)