The Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER)

ACER carries out extensive research into educational interventions for those on the autism spectrum.

Through its research and programmes ACER focuses on making a positive difference to the lives of autistic people, their families and those who work with and care for them.


An ableist approach to disabled students?
Dr Andrea Macleod       It’s a lot of work being a disabled student. Disability legislation in the UK entitles students who have additional needs to a range of reasonable adjustments and support whilst they are studying, but they have to work for it. First, they need to provide evidence of diagnosis to support … Continue reading An ableist approach to disabled students?

Autistic participation: a question of ethics
Dr Rebecca Wood is a former teacher and autism education practitioner who has recently completed her PhD on the inclusion of autistic children in the curriculum and tests in mainstream primary schools. She is currently an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, and was the project manager on the Transform Autism Education programme, a tri-national … Continue reading Autistic participation: a question of ethics

Online event: learning from autistic perspectives
The ACER team warmly invite you to take part in an online event on 7th November 2017, from 7 – 9 pm. If you are an autism researcher, a practitioner in the field, a family member of an autistic person, if you are autistic, or not autistic, and simply want to discuss autism for whatever … Continue reading Online event: learning from autistic perspectives

On World Autism Day 2017, a dispatch from Qatar
The 2nd of April is marked around the world as an occasion to raise awareness, or promote acceptance of autism. This year, a team from ACER, led by Dr Karen Guldberg (below, in blue scarf), is conducting fieldwork in Qatar as part of one of the many international projects run by the autism research team at … Continue reading On World Autism Day 2017, a dispatch from Qatar

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