Autism mentor scheme launched at Cardiff University

Cardiff University – have launched a new scheme. The Discovery Project aims to encourage more young people to attend University. Students at Cardiff University will now mentor teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The BBC news website states that one in three people with ASD aged between 16 and 24 are not in education, employment or training.

The Scheme will help with homework, revision and university applications as well as offering yoga and circus skills classes to help with co-ordination and social skills.

The scheme also aims to prepare the teenagers for further education.

Only 15% of adults with autism are employed in full-time work.

Scott McKenzie, widening access officer at Cardiff University, said:

“New environments can generate a lot of anxiety for young people on the autism spectrum, but it needn’t be a barrier to entering further or higher education,”

He then added that with the right support, pupils can be helped to overcome their anxieties and go on to become experts in their chosen field.

Cardiff University vice-chancellor, Prof Colin Riordan, said:

“I’m hopeful that this bold and worthwhile initiative will serve to encourage more prospective students on the autism spectrum to continue their education and realise their academic potential here at Cardiff.”

The full article on the BBC website can be found here