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Queen Alexandra College (QAC) are exhibiting at Kidz to Adultz North in November on stand V24. This guest blog explains what QAC do and how they might be able to help you.

Queen Alexandra College is a National College for People with Disabilities based in Birmingham providing education, training and routes to independent living and employment. This year the college are celebrating 20 years of independence. 

We welcome students who come to our college from all over the country – as well as many who are local to us. The college has been at its current location since 1903. Our original purpose was to provide education for people who were blind or visually impaired.

Supporting people

Today, in addition to supporting people who have a visual impairment, we offer support and guidance for students on the autistic spectrum (including individuals with Asperger syndrome), those with moderate to severe learning difficulties, students with physical disabilities and those with other needs.

Ultimately, we have a great mix of students which adds to the wonderful atmosphere here in college. Class sizes are small and support levels high.

QAC student using his cane

At QAC your learning is planned around your individual needs, interests and ambitions. Our curriculum covers a wide range of programmes including entry level courses (Preparation for Life) and a range of vocational qualifications. A supported internship study programme could also be followed, which involves spending the majority of time with an employer in a real job role.

Team of specialists

The college has a team of specialists on site who are able to support students, including a Visual Impairment Training Officer, Speech and Language Therapists, a Dyslexia Tutor, Healthcare Professionals, Counsellors, Mentors, a Braille Tutor, Mobility and Travel Trainers and a Personal Sex and Health Education Specialist.

Enrichment programmes and facilities

Enrichment programmes enhance the curriculum and help to develop self-esteem, confidence and independence. Our residential provision develops essential skills for personal development such as independent living and social skills.

Facilities include new buildings with the latest technology, a fitness centre, state-of-the-art sports hall, sports field, sensory room, onsite travel training area, library and student centre.

For more information please visit our website or call us on 0121 428 5050.

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