About the ATI

Our Mission

Our aim is to help provide the highest quality
education for all autistic students. We do this through:

  • Generating and disseminating
    knowledge about pedagogy
  • Provision of state-of-the-art training courses
    for teachers of autistic students,
    school leaders, and other professionals

Our Purpose

The ATI strives to bring together the most
current research in teaching autistic students
to share with classroom teachers and schools.

By embedding the use of evidence-based practices in their classrooms, teachers can feel equipped and empowered to best support their autistic students and to facilitate rich learning experiences. The ATI model ensures teachers are supported in their classrooms via mentoring by highly experienced educators of autistic students. This theory-to-practice collegiate approach is what makes the ATI a uniquely effective training model.

Our Story

The Autism Teaching Institute (ATI) is an initiative emanating from Western Autistic School (WAS), and broke new ground in the fields of School Education, Teacher Training provision and Vocational Training in Australia.

The ATI is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that exists as an unincorporated entity under the wider umbrella of Western Autistic School. The ATI was created to deliver specialist training in teaching autistic students with a brief to create systemic change. This occurred in response to a discernable need for specialist training for professionals working with autistic students.

The ATI, Western Autistic School's Registered Training Organisation, offers the first Graduate Diploma in Teaching Students with ASD accredited in Australia.

"New qualification titles in the AQF are pretty rare. But two new titles were recently incorporated into the AQF and so… we congratulate the Western Autistic School as the first provider in Victoria to have a course accredited by the VQA using these new titles Vocational Graduate Certificate and Vocational Graduate Diploma”. VQA Update, Issue no. 11 - May 2006.