Torrens University Australia Launches Massive Online Open Course Co-Designed and Co-Delivered by People with Autism

The number of people with autism spectrum disorder has increased significantly in Australia in recent years, with around one in 150 people identified with autism. Given its prevalence, a free online course is being announced today, on World Autism Awareness Day. The Voices of Autism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is open to anyone interested in learning more about the day-to-day needs of a person with autism and their family.

The course has been co-designed by Torrens University Australia and people with autism of all ages and from various areas of the spectrum – from greater support requirements, to those who are non-verbal and highly abled people.

The five-week course, which will be delivered by Torrens University lecturers and people from the autism community, will be valuable for educators, parents, relatives and health workers who care for someone on the autism spectrum. Given it’s delivered online, the course is available to people located anywhere in the world, with no minimum education requirements and no limit to the number of people who can participate.

“We know it is important and necessary to learn from the autism community, rather than taking a purely theoretical and academic perspective.

“Given this free course is offered online, we have the potential to reach people all over the world and therefore enable the broader community to see autism through a positive, contemporary lens, while also helping improve the quality of life of those with autism,”

Professor Grimley said.

People who participate in the course will learn together (having the ability to connect with each other in a student community), build on their own knowledge and find new ways to support each other and autism understanding in the wider community. Participants will develop problem-solving skills through the stories that have been developed with the autism community. The insights and skills gained from the online course can be applied to every workplace, school or community. The course covers the subjects of: Person First in Autism; Education; Employment; and Journey to Independence.

The course is open and free! Click here to register.

The workload is around two hours per week and can be undertaken on-demand. All participants will receive a certificate upon completion.