Our autism resources community hub: a celebration

Lawrence, C. (2022) Our autism resources community hub: a celebration. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education. ISSN 2398-5976 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper reports on, describes and celebrates ARCH: Bishop Grosseteste’s Autism Resources Community Hub. ARCH is a new initiative, started in the last 12 months by autistic undergraduate students and supported in its development by the wider autism community of the university – autistic postgraduates, autistic academics and other staff, family members, allies, alumni and advocates. The paper emerges from the student voice of the community and articulates the value and importance that ARCH holds for this cohort. It employs a ‘nested’ approach where the methods employed to create the report reflect the ethos of what is under scrutiny. As participatory research, autistic voices are central to every aspect under discussion - inception, creation, analysis, evaluation and dissemination. The paper concludes that the symbiotic relationships that are at the heart of ARCH that are its strength. ARCH interweaves information, support, social activities, participatory research and marketing/recruitment in a rhizomic mesh that embeds autistic awareness and understanding as central to all aspects of the university. What emerges is a confident autistic identity that draws strength from the interconnectivity involved. Implications for autism support at other institutions is considered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 NADP. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: autism, community, participatory, student-led
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Dr Clare Lawrence
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 09:34
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 09:34
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/959

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