Autism Champions plus Learning Disabilities

Autism Champions plus Learning Disabilities

The Autism Champions plus Learning Disabilities course supports organisations in working towards fulfilling the Autism Strategy aims in England and offers colleagues from other nations and countries some best practice suggestions in supporting autistic children and adults

For dates and costs please scroll down

To register and for further information please email

About the course

The course is –

Champions can cascade the learning to their teams, colleagues and organisations making it a cost-effective way of spreading autism awareness and understanding, as well as an awareness of learning disabilities and difficulties.

Upon completion, attendees will receive a Champions attendance certificate and training materials so they can cascade the learning to their teams.

Autism Inclusive Badge The Champions course can also lead to the Autism Inclusive Badge Award. The National Strategy states “We want many more businesses, public sector services and different parts of the transport system to become more autism-inclusive, so that autistic people can access these spaces and services, just like everyone else.” Autism Champions can work towards gaining the badge for their teams, departments or organisations.


The course content is as below –


  • Etymology and prevalence
  • Possible causes and diagnosis
  • History and co-morbidity
  • Characteristics of autism (the bulk of the session)
  • Behaviours and impact
  • What works
  • Legislative requirements

Learning Disabilities

  • Intellectual disabilities and specific learning disorders
  • Co-morbid physical and mental conditions
  • Communication
  • Risk of health inequalities
  • Mental capacity and consent
  • Legislation and guidance

Cascading to colleagues

  • Audience
  • Environment
  • Learning Styles
  • How to personalise the information through stories and exercises (presentation)

Objectives of the course are –

  • To gain an understanding of individuality
  • To gain an understanding of the subtleties in autism of social communication differences and rigidity using theory of mind, executive functioning and sensory difference exercises
  • To gain an understanding of the differences and cross-overs between learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities
  • To gain some knowledge in possible co-morbid or co-occurrences within the autism, learning disabilities and mental health fields
  • To reflect upon own practice and devise an action plan going forward
  • To explore how best to manage effective communication between individuals, families and professionals
  • To develop an action plan for cascading the learning to colleagues and teams


The Champions course is delivered in two parts –

  • Part 1 – CPD accredited eLearning in Autism Spectrum Conditions – this needs to be completed prior to Part 2.
  • Part 2 – three Zoom sessions (the sessions are one week apart) – leading to the CPD accredited Champions certificate

The course is delivered by a Living Autism trainer with input from an autistic expert by experience.

The Zoom sessions are interactive with active participation from attendees.

Alternative facilitation

For organisations that would like to train between 6 and 10 Champions, the Champions course can be offered onsite face-to-face. Please email for more details and costs.

Dates and cost

The dates for the Zoom sessions of the Champions courses 2023 are as below. The Zoom sessions run from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. All three sessions must be attended.

July 9, 16, 23 – 2024
September 10, 17 and 24 – 2024
November 12, 19, 26 – 2024
January 14, 21 and 28 – 2025
March 11, 18 and 25 – 2025

Numbers for each course are capped at 10 attendees.

Cost of the course is £495/per person inclusive of VAT. The cost covers one eLearning licence and three Zoom sessions.

Payment is by Paypal to with reference “Champions + Month and Year”.

If you need to pay by BACS please contact

To register and for further information please email

Some comments on impact on the learners from 2024 courses so far:

“It has refreshed our knowledge imparted new knowledge and has made us think again.”

“It will have a positive impact as we cascade the information down through our staff team.”

“Now I understand more about Autism I can use this in my own practice and pass it onto others.”

“In a very positive way. I know I can go and deliver training to my team to improve overall practice.”