Creative resource/artefact guidelines: Advice for contributing a poster to the Inside Out: Autistic identities, participatory research & gender

Two day conference with a difference

Inside Out:

Autistic identities, participatory research & gender



  • You may be a practitioner who has been working with autistic people and want to share your work with others…
  • You may be have done or be doing participatory research working with the autistic community…
  • You may be an autistic researcher wanting to share your work and approaches…
  • You may have been engaged in some practice innovations and want to think about how research might fit with this…
  • You may have been reading about some interesting ideas and thinking about how they might influence your practice…
  • You may have a plan for a possible piece of research but would like to benefit from the ideas and experience of others…
  • You may have used or learned about an interesting creative method of engaging with research and have ideas about ways to use these in relation to work on autistic identities…
  • You may have taken part in some research and want to reflect on this experience…
  • You may be interested to think about ethical, equality, diversity, inclusion and political issues around research and practice…
  • You may want to reflect on your experience of doing (or not doing) research…

Whatever your interest, or however little or far you think you have travelled along your creative and/or educator journey, we would like to encourage you to contribute a creative and/or educational resource at the INSIDE OUT conference.

Please see the guidelines for creative resources/artefact submissions below.

Guidelines for the Preparation of Creative and/or Education Resources/Artefacts

Creative and/or education resources/artefacts. Examples of creative/practice-based contributions to the Day 2 event will be considered for inclusion in a tool box of creative resources for working with neurodiverse (comprising neurodivergent and neurotypical) groups.

Ideally, any creative and/or education resources/artefacts contributed to the conference will be considered for inclusion in a creative resource (e.g. “creative box/toolkit/recipebook”. This creative resource would collect together conference contributions from artists, creatives, and educators who have an interest in supporting the learning styles of neurodivergent people within neurodiverse group settings.


The  creative box can be considered as a ready-made, portable learning tool or classroom – a kit that contains creative and educational materials for use in settings by and with neurodivergent people.

Contributions are invited in the form of posters or creative resources/artefacts from projects that engage with the conference themes, issues and questions. These might include (but are not confined to):

  • Creative practices with autistic participants
  • Participatory research, neurodiversity and inclusive practices
  • Ethical issues in participatory autism research
  • Creative research methodologies and neurodiversity
  • Gender, sexuality and neurodiversity
  • Monotropism and related concepts
  • Interdisciplinary and inclusive research outcomes


When developing a creative and/or education resource/artefact, you might consider the following:

Creative and/or education resource/artefact contributions could take the form of:

  • Physical examples
  • Written explanations of resources
  • Photographs
  • Online resources
  • Written process/es/workplans
  • Flashcards


Whatever form your resource/s take that you feel support the learning styles of neurodivergent people.

We would like creative/educational resources that can be included for use with and by neurodiverse (comprising neurodivergent and neurotypical) groups with different learning styles. The following are examples of similar resources and formats


  1. Recipe Knee High Cookbook:

We would use this as a stimulus to produce a creative recipe book divided into sections such as appetizers, mains, desserts, with additional sections on specials (themes) and menus (programmes of work). Ingredients would include the creative elements we work with (drama structures, play, puppetry, movement, digital media, performance poetry, documentation, labyrinths, sound art, space/place/site.


  1. Flashcards:

Imagining Autism Flashcards

DriftDeck by Sonia Overall: pack of playing cards as creative stimulus

Proposals for contributions are invited in the form of 150-word abstracts. These need to outline the rationale, content and form of the work to be featured (poster or creative artefact/resource – guidelines for poster submissions found here).

Please send proposals for contributions to with the subject line “Inside Out Proposal”. The deadline for proposals will be Friday 7th June 2019. Please note the preferred language for this event is identity first (i.e. autistic person/s).