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Explore Autism Awareness at RDA

There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK, including many RDA participants.   Autistic people often explain that they “see the world differently” to other people and that being autistic is a fundamental part of their identity.  With the right kind of support and by making adjustments to the way we offer RDA sessions, autistic people can have a hugely beneficial experience through their involvement with RDA, both as participants and as volunteers. 

What Topics Will You Cover?

This course will help you to become aware of the “hidden” differences  associated with autism such as anxiety in social situations, sensory challenges and different interpretations of language and communication.

As well as offering an overview of the challenges people on the autism spectrum may face, this course also offers practical ideas for how we can support participants with autism to have an excellent experience during their time at RDA.

What Will You Achieve?

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain some of the challenges faced by autistic people
  • Make adaptions to support effective communication with autistic people
  • Support an autistic person who is having a moment of crisis
  • Take steps to create an autism friendly environment at your RDA group

Who Is The Course For?

This course is designed for any volunteers involved in RDA who support or work with autistic people.

Course Content

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Autism and Communication
Autism and Social Interaction
Autism and Rigidity of Thinking
Autism and Sensory Perception