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Autistic Lecturers and ALS Learners in Further Education with Mike Scott – Universal Learning with Saj Mohammad #6

Mike Scott, an autistic lecturer working in further education

Autistic Lecturers and ALS Learners in Further Education with @MobileMScott – Universal Learning with Saj Mohammad #6 

Many learners in education have additional needs. But what is life like when you’re teaching them and you have your own additional needs?

In this edition of Universal Learning, I’m talking to Mike Scott, an autistic lecturer working in further education. Mike teaches creative media to ALS (additional learning support) learners.

We discuss a range of issues including what it’s like to be diagnosed as autistic when you’re an adult, how being neurodivergent helps Mike to reach his ALS learners, and how the rise in blended learning during the pandemic points the way to a better future for students with additional needs.

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What lessons can we take from inclusive practice to open up learning to all?

For example, making things easy to read and using clear language helps dyslexic and autistic learners. But shouldn’t it be part of our normal routine when planning teaching, learning, and assessment?

In this podcast series “Universal Learning with Saj Mohammad“, I speak to professionals inside and outside education, as well as parents, carers, and learners themselves about their experiences of inclusion and what lessons we can all learn to make learning as universal as possible.

Music: Sinara by Blear Moon, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC). Sound FX: Soft Blip E Major by New Age Soup via Freesounds, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY).

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