Here is some organisational information about the programme.
We are a not for profit group run by autistic volunteers. For this reason we would appreciate you responding to our communications promptly to minimise the workload. If you haven’t already done so, you could read about us here.
You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mentoring happens online via our forum or a mutually agreed with the mentor videoconferencing tool, based on your preference.
We will introduce you to your mentor initially via a forum private conversation on the week of 13 September.
The mentoring will start on the week of 20 September
The online course
- Throughout the programme there will be webinars and group Zoom meetings
Topic: Pathway mentee meeting
Time: The regular meetings will be on Mondays at 12 pm or Thursdays at 6 pm (once per week, not both)
Speaker webinars will be announced.
The support group
There will be monthly support group activities on the Zoom as above.
The forum will also be the main communication channel and the base for the support group, it is therefore important that you engage with it to become familiar with the functions and ease into expressing yourself online.
Please go to the Mentee’s private forum (it can be found at the bottom of main forum and only visible to mentees), introduce yourself if you haven’t already done so and engage: https://ndsa.uk/forum/forums/mentees-cafe.42/
How to use the forum: https://ndsa.uk/forum/threads/how-to-use-the-site.29/
Our website and donations
- The main website is at https://ndsa.uk/content/
We would appreciate your donation at https://ndsa.uk/forum/donate/
The online payment system is secure and done with PayPal card processing. We do not store or process your payment data.
By participating in the programme you agree to participate in the evaluation. This involved filling out post programme Personal Wellbeing Index and evaluation questionnaires and potentially taking part in a post programme interview with a researcher.
This is very important as it will help to demonstrate the effectiveness and benefits of the programme and make it available to more autistic people.
Please read our Safeguarding policy carefully.
If your mentor feels that something is inappropriate or they are concerned about your safety and wellbeing, your mentor has the duty to report that to us. We will get in touch and discuss with you how you would like the matter to be dealt with. We can’t promise we won’t tell anyone, but will take your wishes into account. If we are seriously concerned about your being abused or your safety we may report that to our local safeguarding authorities.
Likewise, if you feel anything is inappropriate or you are concerned about the safety and well being of your mentor, please report it to us at email@example.com.