Empowering Ourselves to Be Heard,

Professional Training

We can offer professional training as part of our “Empowering Ourselves to be Heard” project. The training is delivered by CAAS staff, supported by adults with ADHD, adults on the autism spectrum, and carers of individuals with both conditions. This has resulted in a powerful training programme which has been written up as an example of good practice in the updated Department of Health “Think Autism” strategy document.

Training is available to small groups as well as wider audiences and can be tailored to your organisational needs.

Feedback from previous trainings

"As a manager I would sincerely ask that every NCA officer receives this training. Offered a great insight into autism and ADHD. Superb course brought to life by the wonderful trainers and speakers." National Crime Agency delegate.

"It brought to life matters I previously had little knowledge of. I thought the delivery was fantastic and the guest speakers were inspiring." National Crime Agency delegate.

"I think this training is invaluable. An absolute must in skills to incorporate in daily experiences and working with people with autism." Adult Social Care Worker.

"This has been the most interesting and informative training course that I have ever attended. It was outstanding." Adult Social Worker.

"Overall the course was fabulous and the staff are very knowledgeable about this training. I enjoyed the speakers as you get more of an outlook into the lives of autistic people and the way the live their reality." Teacher.

"Good delivery, kept us well engaged. Appreciated the honest and use of ‘real’ families." Early Intervention Worker.

“A really enlightening day. I have had training on this subject before, but this was at a different level and really enhanced my understanding.” West Herts College Counsellors

History

The project was created in response to the Autism Act 2009 which stated that "In line with the 2010 statutory guidance, local authorities should be providing general autism awareness to all frontline staff in contact with adults with autism". The project plans, prepares and trains young people and adults with autism spectrum and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as well as carers to deliver training and presentations to health care professionals, local business, social care, police and public services as well as the local and wider community. In addition the project has enabled individuals to self advocate, support and mentor others with these respective conditions.

Each person on the Empowering project has taken part in a programme of training which included documenting their own stories with the support of a volunteer. This enabled them to identify which areas had been specifically challenging and what would have helped them. This was followed by presentation skills training, public speaking and an opportunity to present to others. Everyone on the project is able to access ongoing support in the form of counselling and specialist ADHD/ASD Coaching if required.

So far several of the adults have been able to present to various audiences including the Local Authority Early Intervention Services, Local Authority Adult Social Care Teams, Health, Schools, Cambridge University, the National Crime Agency to name but a few.

Not only do professionals benefit, it has also helped those with the condition to have a voice and gain confidence in sharing their experience.

The Carers of those with ADHD and Autism have also found it has helped them to advocate for their children as well as be more assertive in getting the help they need for them.

If you are interested or need more information, please contact Lynne Laverty or Therese Glynn on 020 8866 4334

Or email us at enquiries@adhdandautism.org

One-day Understanding Autism Training for Professionals - further dates coming soon.

This highly commended autism awareness training is given by our experienced trainers and facilitators. It is delivered by knowledgeable professionals, parents of autistic individuals and most importantly people on the autism spectrum. It truly empowers all those who participate to get their voices heard.

Our training will provide:

• Increased understanding of Autism Spectrum Conditions.
• Knowledge about the characteristics and diagnostic criteria.
• Insight into the perspective of people on the autism spectrum.
• Insight into the perspective of the parent’s role and experience.
• Increased understanding of the causes of neurodiversity : How these “differences” are expressed -
creativity ,‘challenging’ behaviour, sensory diversity, obsessions, communication style, social issues,
mental health experiences, executive function challenges, aptitudes and skills.
• General ideas and approaches for supporting individuals on the autism spectrum.
• The confidence to develop your own strategies for supporting people on the autism spectrum.
• An opportunity for you to ask questions and engage so you can find out what want to know.

This course is suitable for anyone who is working with or is interested in knowing more about autism and no previous knowledge is required. Delegates will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance on completion of the course.

“Empowering” also provide tailor made neurodiversity training (ADHD & Autism) to meet the particular needs of your profession or work situation. Please contact us for more information.