Understanding autism
Understanding autism

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Understanding autism

1.1 The importance of ongoing education

Educational placements stop at 18 or 19. However, because autism can be associated with delays in development, many would benefit from a more extended period of education in a broad range of skills.

Skills learned at school may be lost if there is no post-school placement to reinforce and practise them, and continuing education is needed both for learning daily living skills and enabling autistic people to gain employment, where possible. Social and communication skills can continue developing for many years. However, further education colleges may not have the resources to support young people with autism, and specialist colleges are sparse.

AUT_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has nearly 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus