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DMU Autism charter signing

Pictured LEFT Leanne Herbert (De Montfort University, Autism Officer) CENTRE Jane Howson (Autism East Midlands, CEO) RIGHT Ben Browne (De Montfort University, Chief Operating Officer)

On Tuesday 5th July 2016, the official signing of the Autism Alliance Charter (in association with Autism East Midlands) took place at De Montfort University (DMU), Queen’s Building, Leicester. The signing was part of an event held to celebrate the creation of DMU’s Centre for Accessibility Needs, a new on-campus assessment centre. Over 100 professionals in higher education, further education, schools and employers were invited to find out about support for disabled students. In attendance were DMU senior staff members, students and senior representatives and trainers from Autism East Midlands.

Ben Browne (De Montfort University, Chief Operating Officer):

“We are pleased to thank Autism East Midlands for their partnership and sharing our commitment to students with autism through the signing of the charter. At De Montfort University we thrive on our diversity. Just five years ago we supported 30 students with autism and this number is now 200 and through the range of support offered here at DMU this number will only grow ”

Jane Howson (Autism East Midlands, CEO):

“De Montfort University already provides a range of support for its students with disabilities, including some great innovations for students with autism. Autism East Midlands is excited to be working alongside DMU staff to further increase both autism awareness for DMU staff and targeted support for those working directly with students with autism, as well as exploring the pathways into employment. It’s a partnership with the potential to achieve great things for both students and staff at DMU. ”

An on-going training programme is being delivered by Autism East Midlands at De Montfort University with the official signing aligning De Montfort University as compliant with the Autism Awareness Charter. The Charter has recently been signed by organisations and businesses including Butlins, Support Dogs, Rolls Royce and St Andrews Health Care Trust.

About DMU-CAN:

DMU-CAN (De Montfort University Centre for Accessibility Needs) is a new on site service for higher education students in the region. The centre is accredited to carry out the assessment of needs part of the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) application process. Our service is open to any current or prospective students who have been told by a funding body that they are eligible for Disabled Student’s Allowances DSA funding. Students can begin applying for funding, and carry out the assessment before their course begins.

The centre is open to any student deemed eligible for Disabled Student’s Allowance funding.