Posted on 07th January 2016

Insights from evaluating the Autism&Uni toolkit prototype

In December 2015 we ran an evaluation workshop at Leeds Beckett University, UK, to get feedback on the current version of our Online Toolkit. The Toolkit aims to help students navigate their journey from thinking about what to study, over applying to university, arriving and finally settling into their studies.

The workshop followed on from a co-design workshop we held in summer 2015, during which content and interface ideas were tested, discussed and further developed. Since the summer, we added a professionally designed visual identity to the toolkit, and we also created many ‘toolkit items’ – pieces of information that deal with a particular topic. Examples include:

What university is really like How to reduce anxiety and stress Getting the right support when entering university What is Disabled Student Allowance (UK-specific) Telling people at university about your autism

(visual design by Washhouse)

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For the workshop, we welcomed 5 autistic students, all currently studying either at Leeds University or at Leeds Beckett University. Marc Fabri and Penny Andrews facilitated the event at the Carnegie Pavilion building. On the picture below you can see that the room looked directly over the famous Headingley cricket ground, with a magnificent view (which did not distract any of the participants, we checked that!).

(participants gave permission to be photographed)

Workshop aims

We had some specific research questions for the workshop which informed the schedule and activities for the day:

How do participants…

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