The central focus of the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) is improvement in the quality of life of children and adults with autism. The ACE seeks to support learning for people with autism across their life span and open doors of opportunity – from early childhood, to further education and employment. The ACE is a multidisciplinary initiative drawing on expertise from areas such as education, health and behavioural sciences. The Centre works collaboratively with the state and federal governments’ Education, Health and Communities portfolios. A key aim for the ACE is to provide professionals working across a variety of settings, with knowledge and skills which will improve the everyday lives of people with autism and their families.
Much of the research into Autism Spectrum Disorder is from a health and/or clinical psychology perspective. However, ASD has a profound influence on a learner’s ability to positively participate in educational settings. ASD shapes a learner’s educational experiences as well as their wellbeing and success throughout their lifespan.
Griffith University is a university committed to undertaking cutting edge research to address educational needs. In the field of learning difficulties, Griffith has a strong track record of successfully delivering pre-service and postgraduate Education courses. The university also has an established reputation for quality teaching graduates in the field of Special Education, making it well placed to work with partners to address workforce needs in ASD education.
To improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism by supporting learning - from early childhood to education and employment. This will be achieved by providing training to parents and professionals in multidisciplinary settings and by undertaking research to expand knowledge about autism and autism intervention.
- Bridge gaps in the knowledge base relating to ASD.
- Raise awareness of the importance of an education-centric focus for ASD research and practices
- Provide specific preparatory training for professionals in meeting the academic and socio-communication needs of learners with ASD.
- Promote and provide capacity building for learning support in ASD for practising teachers and other professionals.
- Provide a platform for addressing ASD through greater collaboration and communication between the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Communities.