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Care Academy launches Autism Course

Following the government’s commitment in 2009 to develop a comprehensive strategy for Autism, the Autism Act 2009 became the first ever disability specific law in England.

The Autism Act will guarantee the introduction of a national autism strategy which will set out how services should be improved covering health, social care, employment and training. Importantly, it will place a legal obligation on local authorities and NHS bodies to meet specific requirements and is expected to be published by April 2010 with the accompanying legal guidance due by December 2010.

A key tenet of the Autism strategy is likely to be the development of specialist autism teams aimed at improving diagnosis, training and developing capacity to support adults with autism. As part of this momentum, Skills for Care has launched additional knowledge sets to include; ‘Supporting People with an autistic spectrum condition’. These knowledge sets will be used to establish learning disability focused vocational qualifications as part of the new Qualifications and Credit Framework.

In response to the introduction of the Autism Strategy, Edgeworks is pleased to announce the launch of our latest Care Academy¬†course; ‘Supporting people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders’ which has been mapped to the required Skills for Care knowledge set. In summary the course outline is as follows:

  1. Introduction to Autism.
  2. Laws and policies associated with supporting someone with Autistic Spectrum Condition.
  3. Supporting someone with an Autistic Spectrum Condition.
  4. Supporting the person with Autistic Spectrum Condition through good practice.