Acer is an international centre of excellence in research and teaching focusing on education and care across the lifespan. We draw out key implications for good autism practice arising from research and this informs the development of our teaching and training programmes. We work collaboratively with our community of practitioners, carers, policy makers and individuals on the autism spectrum to improve the lives of people with autism and their families.

Becky Wood (editor April 2015 – April 2017)


Welcome to the ACER blog! We hope that you enjoy looking through its contents. Not only does the site provide an additional forum for information about the work of ACER, but it is also a means by which discussion and debate on autism-related topics – especially in the field of education – can take place.

A few words about me. I am an Honorary Research Fellow in the department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs and I was the Project Manager of Transforming Autism Education  teacher training programme. My PhD thesis deals with the inclusion of autistic children in mainstream primary schools, including issues such as communication, support, educational priorities and how school staff, parents and autistic adults and children conceptualise autism. My book, based on my research findings, will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in September 2018.


The posts in this blog demonstrate a diversity of views on autism and related issues which may not always reflect those of the members of ACER and their associates.


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