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Understanding Autism

University of Kent via FutureLearn



First identified over 70 years ago, autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting how a person communicates with and relates to others, and how they make sense of the world. It is a spectrum condition; all people on the spectrum share certain difficulties, but their condition affects them in different ways.

Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the spectrum, 1 in every 100 people. There are no blood tests or brain scans that will detect autism - so what exactly are we talking about?

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You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course but it might be of interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.

It is ideal for anyone considering postgraduate study in the field, such as the PCert in Autism Studies at the University of Kent.

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  • Stiof Mac completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Excellently structured. A course designed hand in hand with autistics to ensure the material is balanced, appropriate, not infantilising or doom-laden in any way. Course presenters and mentors actively engage with learners throughout. The content is very...

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