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Autism Studies Course in Co. Wexford Education Centre

Autism Studies Course in Co. Wexford Education Centre


Course Title: Autism Studies

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Practicalites: One evening per week with occasional Saturdays.  Students will be given recommended reading (usually a short paper), but are free to explore beyond the set texts.

Commencing September 2015
Galway: Galway Technical Institute, Fr Griffin Road, Claddagh,
Dublin North: St. Pat’s, Drumcondra
Dublin South: Griffith College, South Circular Road
Kilkenny: School of the Holy Spirit, Kilkenny
UCC: UCC Main Campus
Limerick: Venue tbc
Wexford: Venue tbc

Qualifications: Cert / Dip

NFQ Level: Level 6/7

NFQ Award Type: Special Purpose

Costs: €990 per academic year

Entry Requirements: Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application. AND Hold Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 qualification (or equivalent) OR Candidates who do not hold a Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 qualification but have experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder will be considered. Candidates may be required to attend for interview. Shortlisting may apply. English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Course Code: DAUS

Closing Date: 7th September 2015

Next Intake: September 2015

Duration: 2 years

Students will complete 30 credits per year of the programme as follows:

Year 1 Modules:

  • AD1009: Autism in a Historical and Contemporary context (5 credits)
    A history of autism: the concept and diagnosis of the ‘autistic spectrum’: autism as a social construction: medical and psychological theories of autism; autism and the social model of disability, perceptions of autism.
  • AD1010: Policy and Practice (5 credits)
    Overview of relevant legislation and policies; best practice guidelines; models of service; monitoring practice, policy and standards.
  • AD1019: Autism, Mental Health and Wellbeing (5 credits)
    The effect of ASD on an individual’s mental health; explore the possibilities of receiving differentiated diagnosis between ASD and mental issues; living with ASD and mental health issues for families, services and society; promoting well-being for people with ASD and their families.
  • AD1036: Strengths and Challenges of Autism (5 credits)
    The triad of impairments at different stages of development; sensory and motor difficulties; emotions, relationships andsexuality; living with autism; autism in the workplace and community; different ways in which people on the autistic spectrum experience the world.
  • AD1037: Interventions and Supports across the Lifespan (10 credits)
    Key approaches in the education of people with autism throughout the lifespan; diverse approaches to inclusion.

Year 2 Modules:

  • AD2016: Theories and Models of Autism (10 credits)
    Syndrome models (Kanner, Asperger, triad/ dyad), cognitive (theory of mind, executive function, weak central coherence), psychological / psychoanalytical, biological (hormonal, ‘extreme male brain’, genetic causes), autism and the social model of disability, the concept of ‘neurodiversity’.
  • AD2017: Perceptions and Portrayals (5 credits)
    Novels, art, movies and television shows which depict autism, the role of social media, the portrayal of autism in the news media, the language of autism.
  • AD2018: Autism, Citizenship and the Law (5 credits)
    The hierarchy of Irish law and legislative change. Legal framework providing services and conferring rights on people with autism. Concepts of citizenship, autonomy and decision-making. The history of citizenship and concepts of citizenship for disabled people, with reference to autonomy, resources and participation in society and employment. Adovcacy and assisted decision-making. Landmark legal cases regarding autism and disability in Ireland.
  • AD2019: Autism and Daily Living (10 credits)
    Emotions, family, relationships and sexuality; the economic, educational and social impact of autism; the various factors that affect people who have autism and the impact on daily living.

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The application form can be printed off from this link and you can also apply online.  This is a great opportunity to have a course like this run in a Wexford, so please pass on the information to anyone you think would be interested.