Technology to open the way for enhanced understanding of the world of autism

The complex nature of the young people at Prior’s Court requires information to be collected on every aspect of their lives, information that enables us to track the progress they make and informs us about ways in which we can improve this progress and the outcomes they achieve. 

Yet, in common with residential and special schools across the UK, we rely on multiple outmoded, paper-based data collection and storage systems that make reporting and analysis difficult because no integrated digital recording and reporting system yet exists.

Prior’s Court has the opportunity to develop the first digital whole organisational recording and reporting system for children and young people with autism. Harnessing the power of modern digital technology to store and interrogate large amounts of data, this system will provide new insights into the complexities of autism, enabling a better understanding and mapping of autistic behaviours. 

Autism is a complex condition. The fundamental question ‘Why does someone with autism have a good day or a bad day?’ is a difficult one to answer. For the young people at Prior’s Court who are severely affected by autism, often with other complex coexisting conditions, it is almost impossible to answer. We believe that by applying the power of being able to collect and analyse large quantities of data to this problem, we will be able to start to answer the question.

The technology to achieve this is not cutting edge but it is the practical application and the need to apply it to the whole organisation which is the key. Prior’s Court has chosen to partner with an organisation in the adult care sector which has developed and is operating a system which delivers this today. We are working with them to customise it for the world of education and residential care for children with autism. 

Mike Robinson, CEO

In addition to its fundamental purpose of improving the quality of life for young people with autism, Prior Insight will also transform the way Prior’s Court operates, improving quality assurance and increasing direct contact work.

Two years in the planning, with considerable pro-bono support provided by Accenture and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, this ambitious and ground-breaking project will last 3 years and cost £1,534,000.  To date, £934,000 has been pledged or contributed, leaving a shortfall of £600,000.

With our long history of innovation, reputation for excellence, support for research and as one of the largest providers of residential care and education for children and young people with severe autism in the UK, Prior’s Court is uniquely placed to deliver Prior Insight.