London Learning Centre with Ansal University launches India’s first Certificate Programme for young adults with learning needs

New Delhi: London Learning Centre (LLC), Delhi, in collaboration with Ansal University, Gurugram, has announced the launch of India’s first-ever Certificate Programme for young adults with additional learning needs. The one-year course will cater to young adults aged between 18 and 32 years with mild to moderate learning needs and will act as a bridge to support them to learn and work towards achieving their ambitions as adults. The Certificate Programme is set to commence on 6th January 2020 at the Ansal University Campus in Gurugram.

This Certificate Programme is aimed at preparing young adults for formal vocational training tutored by internationally trained psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and special educators. The course has been carefully curated, keeping in mind a certain set of skills required for independence, managing personal finances and acquiring soft skills to gain and maintain a job. Furthermore, students will have the flexibility to work at their own pace.

Commenting on the collaboration, Jackie Harland – Founder & Clinical Director, London Learning Centre, who is also the Course Director said, “We are extremely excited to introduce a post-school Certificate Programme along with Ansal University for the very first time in India, which is specifically designed for young adults with mild to moderate additional learning needs. We have ensured that the course includes lessons which would touch upon every aspect of a young adult’s life to enable them to live independently. This Certificate Programme will act as a catalyst towards preparing young adults for formal vocational training and provide opportunities for them to try different skills which will help them in ultimately selecting the vocation of their choice as adults.”

The course will include 4 modules spread across one year, with each module spanning over 10 weeks:

● Functional social communication and language skills – will focus on developing functional English that covers everyday word skills, and social communication skills for functional language and the use of language for different communication purposes

● Independence and self-care – will focus on functional numeracy, self-care, presentation and independence skills such as managing one’s own personal finances

● Employability – will focus on skills which would empower the participant to acquire and maintain a job and understand workplace environment

● Student specialization elective – Students will be allowed to choose their specialization at the end of the first year and opt for subjects such as Catering, Art and Design, Photography, Sports and Fitness, Hair and Beauty, and Information Technology as per their area of interest

A parent who has signed up their son for the Programme said, “My son was diagnosed with autism at a very young age and as parents, our primary concern has always been about how he could lead his life on his own terms and this is exactly what this course by LLC and Ansal University addresses. As a precursor, my son went through a set of workshops that were conducted by expert counsellors at LLC that aided in him developing some critical life skills including management of personal finances and traveling on his own. Moreover, these workshops were customized based on personal assessment sessions that were undertaken and particularly, his learning needs. Courses such as this are the need of the hour – young adults such as my son should have the opportunity to live life in their own terms and have the power to make choices that suit them the best.”

Admissions for the program are now open and students will be selected based on a short standardized assessment and a personal interview to identify their level of functioning and suitability for the course. For more details, please call – +91 98184 82996.

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