Request a Workshop
Schools request an AsIAm workshop for many
different reasons. Sometimes they're experiencing
difficulties, there is a lack of understanding among
students or staff or sometimes a staff member is
simply keen to ensure that the school is as inclusive
as possible. Whatever the reason, AsIAm works
hard to ensure that your workshop is personalised
and tailored to your needs. You'll be assigned
a local speaker that is a member of the Autism
We can connect you with a local school
who have already engaged in the AsIAm
Schools Programme. You can arrange a
visit or just a quick chat on the phone to
learn about their experience.
There are a couple of things inolved in requesting
a Workshop. Firstly, the very practical issues of
deciding which year will participate and setting a
time and date. We'll provide you with a short form
to capture your preferences. You should note that
the maximum number of students for a workshop
Fill in this short form to request a workshop and
Meet your assigned
Your speaker will be assigned based on the
information in your Request form completed at
Step 1. Your speaker will be a member of the
Autism community (person with Autism, parent,
professional) ensuring that the workshop is as
engaging and real as possible.
Investing a little bit of time with
your workshop speaker beforehand
will ensure that the workshop is as
valuable and relevant as possible
for your school.
Once a date for your workshop has been agreed
with AsIAm, you can begin preparations. This will
start with talking to your assigned speaker to
ensure they have a good understanding of your
school, the reason you've requested the workshop
and anything else they need to bear in mind to
make the workshop as valuable and relevant as
possible for your school.
If possible, they'll visit you at the school
beforehand or else you can speak on the phone.
They will also ask you to fill out an 'AsIAm Schools
Contract' - this contract is not overly legalistic
but just sets out the basic principles of what the
programme wants to achieve, what's expected of
the school and what you need to do before and
after the workshop.
Prepare for the Workshop
Complete the “All About Me” booklet
Where there are students in your school on the
Spectrum, your Speaker will give you an "All about
Me"and a “My Child Booklet” to be completed by
parents or the student themselves. This enables
AsIAm prepare for the workshop and to flag any
concerns in advance.
Permission from parents
Different schools have different approaches to
informing parents of workshops which are taking
place. Due to the personal nature of Autism, it
is really important, that every school sends a
permission slip home to every student before the
workshop. The school is responsible for compiling
this themselves and can use the introductory text
of this guide to explain the workshop in the letter.
Your speaker will circulate a survey to your school
prior to the workshop, this enables AsIAm to
measure knowledge and attitude of the students
before and after the workshop so it is an important
quality assurance test. You should give it to
students one week before the workshop and
return it to your speaker.
The Workshop takes place over 90 minutes and
involves talking about Autism in the context of
difference generally, a difference which brings
challenges, opportunities and even strengths. It
will be very tailored to your school's needs and
while it is a once-off event, AsIAm will work to
maintain active relationships with schools wishing
to implement the ideas for inclusion their students
come up with.
What you'll need on the day:
Computer, Projector and Speakers – these will
need to be set up before your Speaker arrives.
A teacher present at all times – For insurance
reasons, a teacher is present at all times during the
Donation - AsIAm asks schools to make a
donation towards their work. The donation is not
compulsory as they would hate to restrict their
message to schools that can afford it, however
most schools can afford to give something and are
happy to do so. The suggested donation is 250
euro. An invoice is issued from AsIAm HQ for this.
Design a school 'Inclusion Charter'
This is one of the most important parts of the
workshop. Your Speaker and the students will have
designed an “Inclusion Charter” during the course
of the workshop.
AsIAm will use this to create a Poster that can be
used as a momento of the visit and a statement of
intent from students moving forward!
It'll be good to give this prominence in the school
to remind everyone of what they committed to.
AsIAm will also keep in touch with your school,
adding you to the schools newsletter and send you
new materials as they become available.