FEAST (Further Education Autism Support Team)

In the first year of offering specialist support within FEAST at the College (2008 – 2009), there were 16 students identified with ASC accessing mainstream courses at the College – this has steadily increased over the past eight years and now we have approximately 100 students enrolled with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) needs. Students study on all three campuses, accessing the full range of college courses. Students with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and those in their first year of study are given priority support from the Autism Support Team based on assessment criteria.

What can we offer you?

Targeted support in classes to help you overcome your particular difficulty (e.g. organizing work, sensory or anxiety/emotional issues), in addition to help with coursework and assignments.

We have a “Green Room” equipped with computers for you to do work, or to just drop in and relax; this is a quiet social space for use exclusively by students with AS and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the day.

We can offer 1:1 study support and mentoring sessions, both during your time with us and during the transition from school to college.

We provide autism-awareness training, support and guidance for College staff, to ensure they are up to speed with the latest developments and training.

We monitor your progress, celebrate your successes and assist with any difficulties you might have, as well as liaising regularly with your tutors.

Lori Granville provides specialist supervision and advice, quality assurance and liaises with the College staff to develop the service in line with your needs. As the Autism Support Co-ordinator, she links directly with tutors and the learning support departments of the College to ensure you get all the support you need.

As Lori works across campuses, if you’d like to get in touch please try both numbers or email her at Lori.Granville@abingdon-witney.ac.uk | Abingdon: 01235 216222 | Witney: 01993 208113