Weston College’s groundbreaking Specialist Support Model has been chosen to front a new national campaign for students on the autistic spectrum.

Music technology degree student Steven Philp (24), who has Asperger’s Syndrome, gave a speech about ‘Finished at School’ campaign to MPs and professionals at the House of Commons last month.

The year-long campaign backed by Ambitious About Autism, aims to secure greater opportunities for those aged 16 to 25.

Weston College began its provision for students with learning difficulties or disabilities in 1981, with just eight enrolments.

Now there are 980 further education students and 57 higher education students receiving various levels of learning support at the college.

Advanced practitioner Barbara Titmuss said: “The key to working with students on the autistic spectrum is to understand that each one is affected differently.”

Steven Philp added: “I don’t need help with academic work but do with the social side. Weston College is like my second home.”

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