Autism Friendly University Initiative


Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about our Autism Friendly University Initiative [October 2018 - October 2021].

This project aimed make the physical, social and academic environments of the campus more 'autism-friendly'.

 You can find out more about the completed elements of the project below.

Updates and Events

11 Nov 2021

Launch of Digital Badge in Autism Awareness for Staff

We were delighted to launch the Digital Badge in Autism Awareness for University Staff as part of ViT&L Week in November 2021 (and would like to thank CIRTL and the National Forum for their support). Also huge congratulations to the 29 UCC staff that received their digital badge as part of our first cohort! You can find out more about this Digital Badge here.
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UCC Calm Zone
01 Jul 2021

UCC Calm Zone featured in 2021 Venice Architectural Biennale

The Calm Zone, designed as part of the Autism Friendly University Initiative (AFUI), featured in the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale in a show titled ÔÇťAutistic Imaginaries of Architectural Space'', which showcased architecture through the lens of autism. The Calm Zone has been recognised as an example of architecture that has incorporated the principles of autism-friendly design as outlined in the ASPECTSS Design Index.  The Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the oldest and most prestigious international architecture exhibitions and the inclusion of the Calm Zone represents a huge achievement for all involved in its design and development.  
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UCC won 'Best Campus' at the recent Education Awards
31 May 2021

UCC AFUI receives special mention by judges at the 2021 Education Awards

UCC won a number of awards at the 2021 Education Awards, including 'Best Campus'. We were delighted that the judges highlighted the UCC Autism Friendly University Initiative as a particularily impressive element of the submission.
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02 Apr 2021

World Autism Day 2021

World Autism Day is the 2nd of April, and to mark the occasion we have spoken to some autistic UCC students about their experiences getting involved with student life, and they share the advice they have for others who want to get more involved. We also have a chat with Dr Cat Hughes, an autistic researcher who was diagnosed with autism during her PhD and she shares her experiences as an autistic person in both higher education and employment, as well as how and why she celebrates World Autism Day.  
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What's it like to be a UCC student 'on the spectrum'?

Our students have their say!

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Autism Friendly University Initiative

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