The Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER)

ACER leads the way in research and teaching in education and care for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Autism Research

ACER Research
ACER’s extensive research expertise on educational interventions is unique. We combine 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

Forthcoming Events

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Learning from autistic perspectives

View the presentations from this online event on 7 November 2017


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


AuVision is a resource for those who teach and support students on the autism spectrum. Find out more

Autism Courses

Our programmes on autism and education in the University of Birmingham focus on developing real insight and encouraging reflective practice. You will be tutored by recognized experts in the field and have access to an extensive library and research materials. Find out more


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Posted 29 March 2018

ACER Residential Weekend

The latest ACER residential weekend proved to be very successful with students describing it as 'amazing'.

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