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Autistically Speaking Training

One of Autistic UK’s main objectives is to educate those who support autistic people.


We want to share our own experiences, and the experiences of others, to illustrate what life is like for autistic people.  We feel that this is the best way to help shape the services provided to autistic people, because to truly understand what someone needs, you have to have some concept of how they feel and what their needs are.

There is some irony in that, very often, autistic people are not able to advocate for themselves at the time they need to tell you something.  This is because their needs are often around communication itself, and how they find it easiest to tell you about what they're going through. Just realising this is a good start as it creates awareness that something other than direct speech may be necessary either to communicate with the person in front of you, or to help them communicate with you.

Lived Experience training; Experts by Experience; life as an autistic adult; how to support autistic adults patients clients service users; UK

All of Autistic UK’s directors have been involved in training or facilitating, between us delivering sessions to many different professions and walks of life.

Our training is authentic and takes into account many different viewpoints, in order to create a holistic picture for our learners.  We rarely hold training sessions with a single trainer as we prefer to provide variety and a wider range of experience.

We can provide training in small or large groups, although larger groups are better suited to face-to-face training.  Groups of up to 10 work well online.

3 of the Autistic UK directors delivering autism lived experience training; experts by experience
Autistic autism training by Autistic UK CIC, March 2022
Face-to-face training group from Proludic Ltd, Nottingham. Autistic UK telling the play and design teams about playing as an autisic child - and as an adult!
Photos from March 2022.  Many thanks to Proludic Ltd

I would like thank you on behalf of everyone who was at our branch meeting for the talk you did today. It was really insightful, at the right level for our volunteers, it tied in well with our EDI journey and it was well received by everyone. I really appreciate everything you shared with us today.

Samaritans Bristol, Aug 2022

Code of Practice: Delivery of Autism Services in Wales

Code of Practice Wales

In September 2021, the Code of Practice for Autism Services came into effect in Wales.  We are to be involved in the design of the rollout training for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Oliver MacGowan Mandatory Training in Autism and the Oliver MacGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disabilities

Oliver MacGowan

We've been involved in the setup and design of this training, from strategic oversight to delivery.  It is now mandatory for all Health and Social Care workers, and consists of two separate streams - one for Autism, and one for Learning Disabilites.

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