Pears Ambitious about Autism Annual Lecture 2012 featured the launch of the College Inclusion Charter for further education colleges to commit to delivering quality education opportunities for learners with autism and other disabilities.
The Charter is part of our Finished at School campaign, which aims to secure more and better educational options for all young people with autism aged 16 – 25 so they can get jobs and live more independently. It was developed with learners, college staff and principals, and disability organisations.
Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister John Hayes MP spoke at the lecture and launched the College Inclusion Charter. Also speaking at was Dr Alexa Posny, the United States Assistant Secretary for Special Educational and Rehabilitative Services. She discussed the United States strives to challenge all students, including those with disabilities, within the general curriculum and that fewer students have been identified as having disabilities in the last seven years.
Download the Pears Annual Lecture 2012 programme (PDF 1.69MB)
The video below was shown at Pears Annual Lecture. It shows two young people with autism's different experiences at college and why we need a College Inclusion Charter.