Some key facts about autism:

  • It is estimated that around 1% of the European population is on the autism spectrum.

  • There are a larger number of persons diagnosed with autism without associated intellectual disability.

  • The increasing number of adults and elderly people diagnosed with autism, as well as the general ageing of the population, highlights the need of increased specific training for regarding care, approaches, interventions and competences for non-specialized health and social care staff.


Working with people on the autism spectrum requires specific competences and skills that, currently, are often obtained through work conducted by autism organisations or through occasional courses that professionals sometimes find outside their discipline or field of work.

Moreover, approaches and intervention models in autism as well as the support services and roles of professionals continuously evolve, so it is necessary to develop new educational strategies to train professionals to respond to the needs of autistic people across their lifetime and in different contexts and areas of life.

It is therefore urgent to foster the availability of training of professionals working with autistic people.

Our Work

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 on the autism spectrum.