The Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) carries out extensive research into educational interventions for those on the autism spectrum.
ACER combines decades of experience across health, social services and education, within the state, voluntary and independent sectors, working with both children and adults. Find out more
ACER has developed a number of online resources which may be useful to you.
Members of ACER
ACER, a Centre for Autism Research and Education, is a member of the Department for Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs which is in the School of Education, University of Birmingham.
Professor Karen Guldberg is currently Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) and a Reader in Autism Studies. Karen is passionate about ensuring there is synergy between her teaching and research. She has a paricular interest in online learning and developed the first blended learning programme in autism, which was launched in 2002.
Dr Glenys Jones is a Chartered Psychologist, honorary lecturer and researcher in the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. She has worked in the field of autism for over 30 years and is particularly interested in educational interventions and evaluation.
Professor Rita Jordan is an Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies and a self employed Autism Consultant. She has written about and researched many aspects of autism and has been involved in training events, consultations and conferences all over the world. She has served on national and international task forces and working parties to review evidence and offer advice in relation to autism.
In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for her services to special needs education and in 2013 she was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the National Autistic Society.
Dr Lila Kossyvaki is a lecturer in Severe Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. She is a chartered psychologist and a SEN teacher. She has a strong interest in school and home-based interventions to promote social communication and play skills in children with autism and learning disabilities.
Andrea MacLeod is a Lecturer in Autism. Before joining the University Andrea worked in the voluntary sector, supporting adults with disabilities. She developed and managed models of support (including supported living, employment, peer support and community inclusion) for adults with Asperger syndrome within the West Midlands region.
Dr Despina Papoudi is a Lecturer in Autism. Prior to joining ACER she was as an Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Early Childhood Education. She approaches autism from a developmental perspective, which includes issues of educational provision and educational practices.