The event saw four participatory autism researchers showcase their research via short presentations and discussions with other researchers in front of an audience of over 70 attendees (many of whom were autistic) who comprised of individuals, allies, professionals and academics from around the world.
Recordings from the event can be found here:
Research topics discussed were:
“The Precariat” is a good name for a band: Autism, employment and the creative industries – Examining the experiences of autistic individuals as they transition from university into employment within the creative industries.
Parents’ stories involving autism diagnosis for their child – Exploring the advantages and disadvantages of having an autism “diagnosis”.
Autistic Teachers – The lived experiences of autistic professionals as they enter, manage, stay in, or exit the profession
Exploring classroom literature from an autistic viewpoint – How lenses of perception can impact on emotional interaction with a text.
Dr Clare (Kate) Lawrence (Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development at BGU, East Midlands Convener for the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) and L.C.C. Autism Champion) explained that she was, “very excited by our first event as part of the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). This symposium showcased how BGU is embedding participatory autism research into our work through interesting and innovative projects that will further enrich and widen understanding of autism”.
This event was funded by the Research England Strategic Priorities Fund.