Autech//2015 has been set up by Wirral Autistic Society to inform fellow professionals, carers and all those interested in the developments and opportunities for improved practice that have arisen in autism through the use of groundbreaking assistive technologies.
Wirral Autistic Society is a multi award-winning autism charity founded in 1968, employing more than 800 people in Merseyside and caring for and supporting more than 300 people with autism and social communication difficulties. It offers specialist support services for families and children, residential care, respite care and supported living and a wide range of day services. www. autistic.org
Jane was then appointed as Director of Care at a new school for children with autism and significant communication difficulties. Prior’s Court School, based in Newbury, has since been recognised internationally for its excellent standards of education and care for children with ASC. During her time here Jane gained NVQ Level 5 in Management, a Degree in Health & Social Care and visited South Carolina, USA, gaining Level 2 in TEACCH.
Jane has worked at Wirral Autistic Society since 2008 and manages residential, supported living, respite, children and families and day services. Jane has supported the organisation during a change in culture and attitude to the way in which WAS supports people who have an autistic spectrum condition; promoting visual structure, communication strategies, and underpinning knowledge of autism for the staff team.
On leaving Devon, he lived and worked on the Isle of Man and was instrumental in developing the first specific services for individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis on the island. Robin returned to England and continued to develop supported living services for adults with a range of complex needs, including those with mental health conditions, severe learning disabilities and physical disabilities.
Robin comes to the Wirral Autistic Society from a private social care provider in Lancashire where he held the position of Managing Director. He has a firm commitment to ensuring continued development of bespoke quality support services.
As a social care professional, Robin has gained a Master’s Degree in Social Services Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Social Services Management and an Advanced Certificate Special Education Autism (Adults). He has been recognised through the Great British Care Awards, reaching the regional finals in 2012 and the National Finals in 2013 for his work in developing person-centred organisations.