By the ASD-EAST project team
ASD-EAST strongly recommends EU Member States to ensure the development of effective specialist teacher training to respond to the support needs of autistic learners across Europe, in line with the project’s findings.
Specialist teacher training is an effective way to contribute to better outcomes for learners as well as to improve their quality of life, and inclusion in society. Public authorities and other relevant stakeholders should therefore ensure that adequate resources and funding are dedicated to this issue as investing in education will have a significant impact on the outcomes of autistic learners, reduce school dropout and improve their employment prospects.
- Ensure appropriate Initial Training, Continuing Professional Development and support for teachers
- Ensure that accurate understanding of autism and individualisation of learning and teaching are central to the training
- Have a holistic approach, and work effectively with families
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These policy recommendations can be accessed below