The phenomenology of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) we can highlight three relevant facts – among others:
According to estimates from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network at the Centre for Disease Control, there is an increasing prevalence with about 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD
The profile of people with ASD is changing. There are a larger number of persons without associated intellectual disability whose could improve their development forecast through specialized interventions started as early as possible.
The increasing number of adults and people becoming elder with ASD highlights the need of new specific care, approaches, interventions and competences for non-specialized health and social care staff
Working with people with ASD requires specific and specialized competences and skills that, currently, are obtained through the experience at NGOS for people with ASD or even through occasional courses that professionals find outside their discipline or field of work.
Moreover, current approaches and intervention models in ASD have restructured the support services and roles of professionals, so it is necessary a new educational strategy able to qualify professionals giving an answer to the over-the-life needs of a person with ASD in the different contexts and spheres of life.
These numbers and statements suggest the urgency for the qualification of professionals working at direct care of ASD cases.
The main objective of the project “IPA+, Inclusion of people with autism in Europe. Towards a specialized training model for professionals” is to develop a basic training of reference for all professionals working with people with ASD