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York Autism Community of Practice

Hamilton, Lorna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0526-8252 and Mesa, Sue ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5933-3270 (2018) York Autism Community of Practice. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Nottingham.

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Purpose: In this paper, we describe the activities of the York Autism Community of Practice (YACP), a group that brings together adults with autism, carers, and professionals from healthcare, education, law enforcement, local authority and the third sector, to share best practice and ideas about how to enhance provision and inclusion for people with autism in the city of York. We also present an evaluation of the impact of this group for members and the wider autism community in the area.

Background: Autism affects approximately 1% of the population. While public understanding of the condition has improved in recent years, people with autism commonly report difficulties in accessing appropriate support, e.g., in entering further education or paid employment, accessing healthcare and socialising.

Methods: The YACP is convened on a quarterly basis. Each meeting includes some CPD training on an autism-related topic, an opportunity for networking and information sharing, and a discussion of recently published peer-reviewed research in the field of autism. Multiple methods have been used to evaluate the impact of this group.

Conclusions: YACP provides a useful forum for people working with individuals with autism in a range of settings and capacities to network and to enhance their understanding of autism, especially through the input of members who are autistic themselves. The group has been a catalyst for research collaborations and initiatives in local practice and policy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3827

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