Autism Awareness - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Opening Minds
  • DOQEX
  • Sira studio
  • National Autistic Taskforce
  • Harrogate and District Foundation Trust

About the Autism Awareness programme

This resource aims to train people about autism and provide information about the challenges that autistic people can experience. It has been authored by autistic people and includes real life video diaries that provide insight and guidance on what health and care workers can do to make their services more accessible to people with autistic spectrum conditions.

The e-learning includes an introduction and overview of autism and 3 key modules that seek to upskill health and care workers about what its like to experience autism, how to make services accessible for autistic people and how to adapt your behavior to communicate effectively and respectfully to improve the experience of people who access your services. There is also a section that provides further resources.

Meet the team

The resource was developed by a wide range of experts and contributors brought together by Opening Minds training and consultancy. Opening Minds is a social enterprise providing training, education and support to individuals and organisations relating to accessibility, inclusivity and disability. All of their work is both co-developed and co-led by disabled people.  The team that were specifically bought together to develop this e-learning include:

  • Kabie Brook – Autistic activist, mother and campaigner as well as a Director and Scotland Lead, National Autistic Taskforce.
  • Nick Case – Technical expert, DOQEX, responsible for the technical development of the autism e learning programme.
  • Yo Dunn – Strategic Lead, National Autistic Task Force, an independent trainer and consultant. Yo is autistic and a parent of autistic children.
  • Jo Martin – Project Manager, trainer and facilitator at Opening Minds Training & Consultancy
  • Rachel Moody – Director, Opening Minds Training & Consultancy. Rachel wrote and illustrated most of the non-video content for this course. She is an autistic self-advocate and accessible information specialist and sits on the Department of Health Autism Executive Board.
  • Paul Widdowfield –  Communications and Marketing Manager, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. HEE would also like to express thanks to all volunteers and members of healthcare staff that took part in the filming for this resource and to Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Sira Studios worked closely with Opening Minds and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust to photograph and produce audio and film material for the learning resource.

HEE would also thank all autistic colleagues from Opening Minds and parent/carers of autistic adults and children who were involved in developing and producing the video content, sharing their views and expertise as experts by experience.

How to access

In order to access the Autism Awareness programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Autism Awareness programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with e-LfH, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access e-LfH Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Autism Awareness programme, please contact e-LfH directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact e-LfH directly to express interest.

More information

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