Autism & Asperger's support
At Bedford College, we are committed to:
- Developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome across college.
- Championing the needs of those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome cross-college to ensure their needs are met.
- Providing advice, guidance and support for identified students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and the staff supporting them.
Information on Autism
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
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Information on Asperger's Syndrome
As soon as we meet a person we make judgements about them. From their facial expression, tone of voice and body language we can usually tell whether they are happy, angry or sad and respond accordingly.
People with Asperger's syndrome can find it harder to read the signals that most of us take for granted. This means they find it more difficult to communicate and interact with others which can lead to high levels of anxiety and confusion.
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Our Autism Co-ordinators, Wendy Cook and Elli Kyrou are based both at our Bedford and Shuttleworth campuses. Each campus has a Haven and mentoring support for students with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome to use when needed. Staff are available for drop in sessions at the times shown below.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Location: Shuttleworth College, Old Warden Park, Room – The Haven | Time: 12 noon -13.15 pm
Monday to Friday
Location: Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Room – The Haven in College House | Time: 12 noon - 13.15 pm
We also have a social group, meeting approximately once per month for activities in the evening that students with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome are always welcome to join. 'Like' our Facebook page to be invited to these events or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to find out more!