Using immersive technologies: the views, needs and experiences of young autistic people and their parents
The purpose of the study is to explore the views and experiences of young autistic people and their parents in relation to using immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (and other types of immersive technologies). You do not need to have already used immersive technologies to participate. We are interested in your views whether or not you have ever used virtual or augmented reality. If you agree to participate we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire.
To find out more about the study and what it would involve please click on the appropriate link below:
- I am autistic and aged 12-25 years
- I am a parent of an autistic person aged 12-25
New resources on Active Support from United Response and the Tizard Centre focused on enabling families and staff to support children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism during the Coronavirus pandemic. The resources particularly focus on 1) staying active and trying new things and 2) creating structure and routine. In addition to a free booklet there is a Face book group and series of webinars. Find out more https://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/stay-inside-be-inspired”.
The BACB has released pass rate data for first time BCBA exam candidates in 2018. We are delighted to announce that the Tizard Centre (University of Kent) had a 100% pass rate, with all 8 first-time candidates passing the exam and becoming Board Certified Behaviour Analysts – https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/BCBA-Pass-Rates-Percent_190509.pdf
We are currently accepting applications for Sept 2019, when we will begin teaching to the 5th edition task list. More details on our website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/105/applied-behaviour-analysis
We are delighted to announce that Mark Brookes is to be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Kent at its graduation ceremonies in July Mark, who works for Dimensions as a Campaign Advisor, is an advocate and campaigner for people with learning disabilities who has particularly focused his energy on seeking to counter the hate crime and harassment so often targeted at people with learning disabilities. As a man with learning disabilities himself he is able to speak as an expert by experience. The award of an honorary degree signifies the University’s clear view that the insights, experience and practices of people with learning disabilities, like Mark, are of value and their contribution should be recognised in an academic environment. We couldn’t agree more!
We were delighted to award our annual prizes at the Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture & Dinner 2019 with the following prize winners:
Outstanding achievement in Undergraduate Studies: Danny Mann
Outstanding achievement in Postgraduate Studies: Holly Smith
Outstanding effort in Undergraduate Studies: Jen Phillips
Best mark in a final year Tizard module: Lauren Jenner, Bronte Jenkins and Samantha Thompson
Edward Newell Prize: Krysia Waldock
Patricia Collen Memorial Prize: Max Taken
Beckie Whelton (Tizard Centre) is currently carrying out research on parents experiences of the attitude of others towards the death of their child with ID and/or Autism and complex needs. Beckie is particularly interested in the support people have received and would like to talk to people who are in this situation.
For full information please see the attached flyer or contact Beckie direct on firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel: 01227 827771)
Call for Research Participants flyer
We do hope that many of you and your colleagues will be able to join us at Friends House, Euston, London to hear about some of the research that the Tizard Centre have been working on, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research. This is being held on Friday 3 May from 09:30 – 16:00 hrs. Free lunch and refreshments are included as part of the day giving networking opportunities to discuss these issues with professionals and academics.
If you haven’t already done so please use this link to book a free place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-kent-tizard-centre-conference-tickets-59687693498
Topics will include:
Austerity Project, reporting on what life is like for people who have lost care and support due to service cuts
Tourette’s syndrome, the difficulties adults with Tourette’s syndrome experience in their everyday life and their access to social care
Evaluating the quality of communication for people with IDD living in adult social care
Love Project, looking at loving relationships for people with learning disabilities
We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this event. If you have any queries please do contact us (J.Ruffels@kent.ac.uk )
Are you interested in communication and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
Researchers at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent have been evaluating the quality of communication for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in adult social care.
- We asked staff what they thought about communication.
- We completed some assessments.
- We observed communication exchanges.
- We talked to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families about their experiences.
Some participants had communication passports and we wanted to know whether having a communication passport made a difference to the quality of communication.
Come and hear about what we found at a free one day workshop at the University of Kent on Thursday 25 April 2019 at 10.00 to 12.30 hrs.
We would like to share our research findings. We will then spend time discussing what we might need to do to improve the quality of communication for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in adult social care. Speakers include Dr Dinah Murray Dr Damian Milton and Dr Jill Bradshaw.
To register for a place, please email J.Bradshaw@Kent.ac.uk
We will be holding an Open Day session on Monday 1 April 2019 at 10:00 – 12:00 hrs in Grimond lecture theatre 2, University of Kent, Canterbury campus.
Prof Julie Beadle-Brown will be giving the talk “Empathy – the key to understanding challenging behaviour in autistic children and adults” If you wish to book a place please email J.Ruffels@kent.ac.uk