Academic Lead: Dr Debra Costley
There are two parts to this event: one to learn from the young people and for them to take part in a range of arts based activities; and the second for them to share their experience with friends and family in a celebration. The Arts need champions to help us to understand and support diversity. If you think you could be one of those champions this could be the event for you.
Saturday 2 November, 1-3pm
Adolescent Workshop part 1, Lakeside Arts Centre
This is a chance for autistic adolescents to come together to be heard and to hear each other, to demonstrate that their experience is valid and valuable and that they are able to contribute to the development of research and thinking about education. They will be able to express themselves in any way they feel comfortable; taking part in a discussion or just listening to others; using their skills and interests to demonstrate what education means to them; and sharing strategies for coping in mainstream school or thriving out of full time school.
The first part of the event will be an opportunity for young autistic people to meet each other over lunch and to discuss any issues that they think could help to educate artists and teachers about ways of working with divergent learners.
Parents are welcome to drop off young people and stay with them until they are settled and then to take the opportunity to explore the Arts Centre, Café, or surrounding areas.
Sunday 3 November, 1pm-4pm
Adolescent Workshop part 2, Lakeside Arts Centre
In the second part of this event there will be the opportunity to look at their ideas; to share thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a variety of ways, to identify key strategies and coping mechanisms that can assist them in day to day life, but using the arts as a particular medium to support the development of those strategies. This work will be guided by artists across different art-forms with different skills. This will be a fun and safe environment to try new ideas and to help artists and professional’s think about different ways of working with young people that can have a positive impact.
Lunch will be provided on both days.
Young people need to be able to attend both parts of the workshop.
Friday 8 November: 4pm-6pm
Parents and Friends Showcase Session, Dearing Building Atrium, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham
If the adolescents want to share their work they will be able to invite friends and family to a celebration where they can display or perform their experiences in any way they find comfortable.
Light refreshments will be provided.