ATU Sligo is on a journey to become an autism-friendly campus through a collaboration between ATU Sligo, AsIAm and Specialisterne Ireland (a specialist consultancy that recruits and supports autistic people). But what does that mean?
ATU Sligo will work closely with AsIAm to become an Autism Friendly University. We will implement and drive the principles listed below. You can visit our dedicated webpage for the most recent updates regarding this. ATU Sligo are committed to supporting and celebrating our students and staff who are on the autism spectrum. We are adapting the environment, raising awareness and acceptance, and building initiatives to make it as easy as possible for autistic community members to participate fully in all aspects of university life.
The Principles of an Autism-Friendly University
- Encourage and enable autistic students to transition and participate in university programmes.
- Support and build capacity to equip autistic students to meet the academic challenges of everyday university life.
- Support and build capacity to equip autistic students to meet the social challenges of everyday university life.
- Seek to establish an autism-friendly operational environment.
- Seek to combat the stigma around autism and recognise the diverse experiences of those with the condition.
- Develop understanding and relevant knowledge and skills within the university community.
- Establish channels so that autistic students can have a voice in various aspects of university life.
- Increase the employability of autistic graduates through a range of initiatives that will develop their soft-skills to support their transition beyond university.
Questions to think about
We would love to hear from any students who decide to study at ATU Sligo. You can get involved by going to our dedicated webpage for updates on what’s happening with the initiative.