AMASE run workshops introducing neurodiversity and the autistic experience to people who might not otherwise get to hear much about these from an autistic perspective.
The language of autistic identity at the Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Book Fair, City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Saturday 29th June 2019
This will be our second year at EAFB.
Workshop description: Our understanding of autism is shaped by the language we use to describe it. This affects the way society understands autistic people, but it has an even greater impact on how autistic people understand themselves, build communities and self advocate. This workshop will be an opportunity to discuss autistic identity and the concept of neurodiversity.
We previously ran a series of workshops with the title ‘Introduction to Neurodiversity: Understanding autism from an autistic point of view’ as part of the Festival of Creative Learning. These were hugely oversubscribed, and extremely well-received, with 77% of participants rating them ‘very informative’, 81% ‘very enjoyable’ and 83% saying they woud be very likely to recommend them to a friend or colleague. Here are some of the comments we received:
Getting the perspective of autistic people rather than professionals who work with autistic people was refreshing. It was very well presented, helped to build empathy, and very informative. 10/10 would come again!
This course was highly recommended by two colleagues and I can only agree. Everyone should take part, it gives a better understanding of anxiety as well.
This was a fascinating and illuminating workshop, and, even as someone who has spoken to autistic friends about their experiences before, I still learnt a lot. I think there is a real need for more of this around the university (and in general!), if there is any way to keep running these, or to perhaps record one to be available to those who couldn’t attend.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries regarding workshops and training.
The following is the original blurb for the workshops at the university.
This is an autism awareness workshop with a difference. Designed and delivered by autistic people, it provides an opportunity to hear from those with first-hand experience.
In this immersive session, participants will be able to explore the concept of neurodiversity (the idea that different cognitive styles are part of natural human variation) in an environment engineered to autistic preferences, and will take part in exercises to help them develop an understanding of what it’s like to be autistic.