Autism and Employment Discover Autism Research and Employment (DARE) is a collaboration between CRAE and the autism research charity Autistica. DARE works with organisations across the UK to understand the experiences of autistic employees and job seekers. DARE aim to build a holistic and longitudinal evidence-base for understanding the factors behind the current autism employment gap disadvantaging autistic adults. Together with Autistica, we recently contributed to an Employment Action Briefing, summarising the most important scientific findings about employment in the autistic community. Read the briefing here: https://bit.ly/2rdhNuP
Research Passport Autistic people and their families are more likely to take part in research if they feel that their needs are met and their views are listened to. Thus, there is an urgent need to find an easy way that people can share their needs and experiences with researchers, so that everyone feels comfortable taking part in research from start to finish.
Aware of these difficulties, Robyn Steward, one of our autistic collaborators, had the idea of developing a Research Passport. So now, together with autism research charity Autistica, we are developing this! Our aim is for the Research Passport to be a way for autistic people and researchers to be able to have a conversation about things like communication preferences and the research environment, and make the process of taking part better for both the autistic person and the researcher. We’re currently trialling the Research Passport and look forward to sharing the finished product with you next year!
New PLASN-R Project UCL recently launched the #MadeAtUCL campaign to highlight innovative research being conducted at the university that has made a significant impact on society. CRAE Director Anna Remington’s research on improving employment prospects for autistic adults has been featured by the campaign under the category of “Justice and Equality”. You can read more and vote for the story here: https://bit.ly/2kNL50j
empower schools to conduct their own research. This ensures that research makes a real difference to pupils and staff at PLASN-R schools.
We are excited to announce that CRAE has received funding to work on a new project with PLASN-R: the Pan London Autism Schools Network Research Group. PLASN-R is a network of special schools from across London that all specialise in autism. PLASN-R is chaired by CRAE’s Laura Crane, together with Lucia Santi from The Grove School in Hackney. PLASN-R facilitates the opportunity for schools to collaborate with autism researchers, and
Starting in November 2019, CRAE’s Laura Crane and Anne Fritz will work with Lucia Santi and CRAE collaborator Jamie Galpin across the PLASN-R partner schools. The central outcome of this project is for better educational practice, and therefore better support, for pupils, families and staff at specialist autism schools, on research topics that really matter to them.
UPCOMING EVENT: 10th Annual Lecture with Luke Beardon Tuesday, 31st March 2020 We are excited to announce that Dr Luke Beardon from Sheffield Hallam University will host our 10th Annual Lecture. Luke’s talk ‘Autopia (Autistic Utopia)’ will identify what he believes to be the current state of play regarding societal and professional conceptualisations of autistic individuals, and provide a vision for what a future autistic utopia might look like, purely from his perspective. Luke’s presentation will be wide-ranging, possibly provocative, probably contentious, and unapologetically celebratory in tone. Visit our new website, for more information and to sign up for your ticket.
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