'Empowering Ourselves to Be Heard' Training for Professionals
We can offer professional training as part of our “Empowering Ourselves to be Heard” project. The training is a collaboration between CAAS staff, autistic adults, adults with ADHD 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 training
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 team at CAAS firmly believe that to understand ADHD and autism we have to listen to autistic/ADHD voices. The project plans, prepares and trains young people and adults with a diagnosis of autism or 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. Also, the project has enabled individuals to self-advocate, support and mentor others.
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 can access ongoing support in the form of counselling and specialist ADHD/ASD coaching if required.
So far many of the adults have been able to present multiple times 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, but it has also helped individuals to have a voice and gain confidence in educating others about ADHD or autism.
Carers 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 [email protected]