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    Wolverhampton MP Pat Mcfadden has given the thumbs up to a new specialism autism base in Wolverhampton.

    The MP for Wolverhampton South East, who toured the centre, at City of Wolverhampton College’s Wellington Road Campus, said it was a “fantastic facility” that would give young people the best start in life.

    The self contained unit, which opened last month, caters for up to 12 students aged 16-25, and features a sensory room, interactive technology and breakaway spaces, as well as adapted lighting and a range of equipment suitable for students with high dependency needs including height adjustable tables and changing facilities.

    The students attending the centre are all on a Futures programme which focuses on developing skills required for everyday life such as communication, social interaction and creativity, as well as the use of English, maths and IT. 

    MP McFadden, who met staff and saw some of the work being done by students, said: “It was a pleasure to visit the new autism centre for students at City of Wolverhampton College’s Bilston campus.

    “It is a fantastic facility for students aged 16 -25 and has been designed to meet the needs of students with autism. I am extremely excited that this facility is in my constituency and is offering a specialist service to autistic students. It is important that children and young people get the best start in life, and this facility in the heart of Bilston will ensure that children of varying needs do get that best start in life.

    “I was pleased to see the dedication, expertise and knowledge of the staff at the facility who are key to making the centre a success. I look forward to being involved with the centre and seeing how it develops in the next few years.”

    For details of the Futures programme go to www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/subject/futures-programme/

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