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Autism Champions to help students navigate college life

Published: August 8, 2018

The Cornwall College Group students

Autistic children in Cornwall have been given a boost thanks to 30 new Autism Champions at The Cornwall College Group (TCCG).

The new Champions will raise awareness of autism and support learners, according to Andrew Mercer, the Cornwall Council facilitator of the training.

“It is great that Cornwall College has embraced the Autism Champion programme and sent so many to be trained,” he said.

“Especially great is that the College has upskilled so many staff in an area where support is so needed.”

Autism Champions is an initiative introduced to Cornwall by the Autism Spectrum Team in 2013.

Around 700,000 people in UK where diagnosed with autism in 2017. Autism effects the way people communicate and autistic people often see things in a different way which can affect their learning.

The 30 Champions are staff in various roles across the College, from Learning Support, Foundation Learning and the Learning Advice teams.

Principal and Chief Executive of TCCG, Raoul Humphreys, said he was “very proud” of the Austism Champions.

“Any initiative that removes barriers to learning, especially for students with additional needs, is most welcome,” he added.

Claire Woolcock, David Price and Shana Price.

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