Workstream 3 (research question/s 3) – Changing Faces: transforming public perceptions of autism
Autistic girls and women are engaged at every level of the research process, participating in the research about them. Ongoing workshops at Limpsfield are core to this process. A Development Programme involves practical workshops (phase 2) to develop creative skills for participating pupils, evaluate longer term impact and to produce a participatory arts peer mentoring model. This is underpinned throughout by research question/s 3.1 How can autistic women contribute to the education and development of younger generations of autistic girls? Workshops over 6 terms use multi-media and multi-sensory stimuli and student led outcomes including performances, films and an installation. The Studios further test the participatory approach, engaging autistic girls and emerging arts practitioners from HE applied theatre courses (research question/s 3.1). The project’s website will be an important means of communication for community of participants as well as a vehicle for enhancing public understanding (research question/s 3.2). Autistic women (Steering Group) will contribute to the Delphi surveys, and to the analysis of documentation and workshops. Creative outputs from Limpsfield students in Phase 2 (an educational film and media resources for use in mainstream schools, performances and an immersive audio-visual installation) will contribute to changing representations of autism.