A Deeper Understanding of Autistic People
The University of Kent
  • Start Date: 20 Mar, 2023
  • 4 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Develop your knowledge of the experiences of autistic people of different genders, barriers to diagnosis and the latest research.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Understand the diagnostic process and barriers to accessing diagnosis

Recognising whether a person is autistic can be a key step in helping them access appropriate support and achieve self-knowledge.

On this four-week course from the University of Kent, you’ll explore the diagnostic process and the barriers many autistic people face in accessing diagnosis. You’ll learn what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be autistic to help you gain a deeper understanding of autistic people.

Examine the specificities of autism in women, girls, and other marginalised gender identities

We know that research has historically focused on autistic men and boys, and that this has impacted the way autistic people of all genders are viewed.

You’ll learn about the experiences of autistic women, girls, trans and/or non-binary people, and consider the impact that gender identity, and other inequalities, have on the accessibility of diagnostic and support services.

Unpack the social model of disability

The social model of disability holds that barriers within society are what make a person ‘disabled’, not medical conditions.

You’ll examine differences between the medical and social models of disability, and why these influence how autistic people are treated within services and society more broadly.

Discover new developments in research with and about autistic people

Over the four weeks of the course, you’ll be introduced to new developments in research with and about autistic people, as well as theories used to explain autistic differences.

Your learning will be guided by autistic and non-autistic academics at the University of Kent, who’ll share their expertise on what it means to be an autistic person.

This course is designed for anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of autistic people.

It will be particularly valuable for autistic people, their family members, and professionals working with autistic people in education, health, social care, or other areas.

Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European University, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses including Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge in the picturesque south-east of England (close to London) and its European sites in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

The University is a major educational, economic and cultural force throughout its region and has well-established external networks and partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world, providing students with opportunities to study and work abroad.

Ranked in the Top 20 of UK universities (16th in the Guardian University Guide 2016), Kent has an established reputation for the quality of its research; confirmed by its excellent performance (17th in the UK) in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF) where all its academic schools were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing.

Students consistently rank Kent as offering one of the best student experiences in the UK and it achieved an overall satisfaction rate of 90% and above in the National Student Survey.


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