The Department of Equality has announced the fifth seminar titled “Working with Families”. This training forms part of its National Autism Strategy; Understanding Autism Series.
This seminar will once again be offered to parents and families of children and adults on the autism spectrum or volunteers who work with them.
The speaker will again be Ms Linda Woodcock, who has delivered three previous seminars in the series in March 2017, September 2017 and November 2017. Linda is a Director at AT-Autism, a training and consultancy company in the UK. She has a BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences and PG Diploma in adults with Intellectual disability and severe and complex needs. Linda is the co-author of the book ‘Managing Family Meltdown, the low arousal approach and autism’ and numerous journal articles and also manages a person centred service for her adult son who has autism and severe learning disabilities needs.
By providing these seminars, the Department of Equality is delivering important, up to date information on autism. Parents are the main care givers and because they spend more time with their children than anyone else, for this reason they should be provided with the same information as the professionals who work with them.
The Dept of Equality have said that further sessions will also be held for professionals and frontline workers from Government Departments, Agencies and Authorities. "The participation of everyone involved, one way or another, ensures that they are in receipt of the same knowledge. The overall aim is to ensure that there is a holistic approach to the care provided to people on the autism spectrum."
￼The Minister for Equality, the Hon Samantha Sacramento MP, said “I am very proud to say that the “Working with Families” seminar to be held this month. All seminars delivered as part of our National Autism Strategy have been very successful and this can be seen by the excellent response received with over 720 individuals having attended the National Autism Strategy seminars in total. The majority of them have attended all training and awareness seminars since we commenced in March 2017. The feedback received has been phenomenal and shows the level of commitment of family members, professionals and volunteers. The eagerness and enthusiasm to improve on the care they already provide is unequivocal."