Last week, Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland announced the start of an 18-month initiative geared toward making their campus more autism-friendly.
The program has been developed in conjunction with AsIAm.ie, an autism-support website. The program aims to create a learning environment that allows students with Autism and Aspergers to take part fully in college life.
And along with Ireland, Italy is also making great strides in accommodation for young adults on the spectrum with their announcement of the building of two new facilities in Liguria. The project has been made possible by grants from AGAPo, ANGSA and Fondazione Carispezia.
The Campus Agrisociale is a farm that will be training students on the spectrum in agricultural arts and providing accommodation for their families who visit.
Viva la Vita will have several features for career training, including:
- a restaurant run by young people with autism
- workshops for teaching them to produce pasta and preserves
- a hotel to host families, students and people with mental disabilities
It's so wonderful to see countries making great strides toward enabling people on the spectrum. I wish we could see much more of it here in our own country. We've made progress, but we've still got a long way to go.