Autism Accreditation for Southern Regional College

Autism Accreditation for Southern Regional College

Southern Regional College’s Donna Hughes, Learning Support Manager and Lorraine McKeown, Assistant Director for Student Services & Marketing. SG52102

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


SOUTHERN Regional College has been awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people.

The distinguished Accreditation is awarded to businesses and organisations who showcase outstanding provision and support for those living with Autism and the positive outcomes that follow these measures.

Southern Regional College was assessed by the National Autistic Society in November, with lecturers and staff observed on their practice and a review of individual support plans.

The assessment found that departments within the college work well collaboratively to ensure adaptions and adjustments are provided for autistic students; while there has also been significant investment in technology to help promote independent learning; and the development of clear systems which allows for consistent information sharing on the needs of individual students.

Autism Accreditation is an autism-specific quality assurance programme. It was set up by the National Autistic Society in 1992 to improve the support available to autistic people in organisations throughout the UK and across the world, including local authorities, NHS trusts, education authorities, schools, colleges and more. To gain Accreditation, organisations have to meet a standard of excellence and follow a framework for continuous self-examination and development. Over 500 organisations are now accredited.

Principal and Chief Executive of Southern Regional College Brian Doran said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the National Autistic Society for the support and services we provide for our autistic students.

“This is a proud moment for our college which demonstrates our staff’s commitment to making sure all our students receive an education allowing them to reach their full potential and gain entry to further study or employment.”

“SRC provides high quality student support services for all of our students. We recognise that college can be a daunting time, and in this context, we provide bespoke quality advice and support for students both at pre-entry, on course and as they move on to further education or employment.”

“I want to pay tribute to staff who provide invaluable support to our autistic students while they complete their courses to build the skills needed for our local economy. Their dedication to ensuring equal access to learning opportunities must be applauded.”

Stephen Pyott of the National Autistic Society said: “Southern Regional College should be exceptionally proud of their achievement.

“The National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation programme was launched over 25 years ago and sets extremely high standards, which Southern Regional College has worked incredibly hard to meet.

“There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means autistic people have their own strengths and varying and complex needs, from 24-hour care to simply needing clearer communication and a little longer to do things at work and school. Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on an education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated.

“Autism Accreditation highlights good autism practice and we are very pleased to be here to mark Southern Regional College’s achievement. It is a great thing in itself and, we believe, will inspire other organisations and services to improve the way they support autistic people.”

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