Supporting Students with Autism on Vocational Courses and hosted by the Natioinal Autistic Society (NAS)Submitted by Neil Measures on Wed 30-Apr-2014 19:00
Job Coach has attended an intesive one day training seminar called, Supporting Students with Autism on Vocational Courses and hosted by the Natioinal Autistic Society (NASdefinition). To enable effective support for the several placements with autism, including Asperger syndrome, into work. The Employmentdefinition Training Team offered training to raise awareness of the specific needs of individuals with autism in education and in the workplace.
Back at it hard after a break. Project going really well 3 out of 4 sections completed, staff section nearly ready for release but still not got students available developing their version of our LGB & T eLearning training material.
It's been interesting researching materials to use, there is much more out there than we ever imagined although it is quite well hidden at first.
All our interviewing is now done and interviews have been transcribed. Some interesting themes have emerged. Our little group has got together and discussed what commonalities there are across our interviews and what recommendations arise from these. Final meeting to address these issues will take place next Tuesday and the interviewers will also suggest their ideas for how the findings may be effectively presented in the form of a short film.
The EmployAble programme received very good coverage on the BBC local news programme last night. It is available here for anyone wishing to see it. It will be available for the next 3 hours.
Attached is the press article to promote EmployAble to local employers in the Gloucestershire region. Published on 3rd April in the Gloucestershire Echo.
Bank holiday Monday 21st April EmployAble will be featured in the local news bulletin Points West. If you can listen again on the BBC iplayer please do.
We have finished our latest intake of four Mindfulness courses (ten weeks each) and conducted a learner feedback exit questionaire from them all.
The results are now in and can be summarised as follows - all I can say is heck, does this Mindfulness stuff work!
Percentage of students who declared:
Some benefit from attending the course --- 100%
Substantial benefit from the course --- 75%
Profound/life changing benefit --- 25%
More positive outlook --- 90%
Less depressed/anxious/stressed --- 82%
Gained in confidence -- 82%
Ready to take on new challenges --- 79%
Family and friends noticing difference --- 67%
Project update. Our Equalitydefinition Champions - Fatma Emin and Leroy Kraku are interviewing NCS customers to find out their views on religion, belief and their careers. When asked whether she thought the NCS project 'Belief in a Career' was a good idea, one customer who is a Christian said: 'I think it's an excellent idea and should have been looked into ages ago, because advisers will have more of an understanding of someone as a person and their client will feel more valued as an individual'.
We will include the case studies in our training guide for advisers as they present an authentic customer focused perspective on the importance of faith in their lives. We will use them as discussion points that will help advisers reflect on the support customers with a faith may need when applying for learning, training and work.
And so into the final straight with this project and another update from our Mindfulness sessions here in York. The Start Living (a Mindful Life) - courses have grown very quickly, with numbers and demand remaining strong.
As we approach Easter, we have now finished another intake of classes. Mindfulness was taught to about sixty students a week, over four classes, plus another twenty to thirty learners who joined the fortnightly Support Group for ex-students. The feedback has been wonderful to read; we are processing the stats now but over 95% of students say they have benefited from the course, with a similar proportion saying they would recommend it to their friends and family. We have also received some lovely quotations, which we shall be using to promote further course intakes to GPs, mental - health bodies and even the good old Job Centre! (who receive a fair amount of clients with mental health difficulties).
Busy, there is no other way to describe it and no other easy-way to do it. Arranging introductions and initial meetings, being there to answer employer concerns over health and safety or customer focussing. Still, after all this time, over-coming barriers that prohibit our learners from accessing employment in the first place, both physical, practical and emotional; from-checking bus times and travel routes, to last minute nerves and preparation. Check and double check, don't assume and don't leave it to chance.