“I am accepted as who I am within my local community. People and organisations in my community have opportunities to raise their awareness and acceptance of autism.”

Promise 1: Sandwell Autism Strategy

 

Improving autism awareness and acceptance in Sandwell - are you interested in getting creative?

This project is about autistic people themselves using their own experiences and creativity to produce pieces of art that will encourage more awareness, understanding and acceptance of autism.

If you live in Sandwell, and are aged 14 and above, you can get involved in this awareness raising campaign by taking photographs, painting, drawing, sewing, sculpting, writing poetry, spoken word, rap or taking videos and sending the work in to be included in the campaign.

To help you think about what to create we are suggesting the following themes:

  • My world – exploring ways in which autistic people can experience the world differently to neurotypical people
  • Acceptance and respect – exploring issues around respect and acceptance of neurodiversity
  • Change – exploring what the neurotypical world needs to do to become more inclusive of autistic people

These themes are a guide to help you think about what people and communities need to know about autism and to inspire your creativity.

Your work can:

  • Be celebratory, highlighting the gifts, talents and strengths that can come with autism or
  • Highlight the challenges, barriers and difficulties that autistic people face
  • Express your day to day experience living in a world not built for autistic people.

For each piece of work that you submit, you will need to write a short description about the work and why you created it. Deadline for submissions is 14th September.

Your work may be chosen to be:

  • Part of an online exhibition with Sandwell Libraries later on this autumn
  • Part of other exhibitions in venues across Sandwell
  • Shared on our social media channels and on our website
  • Included in our printed or digital publications

You will be told if your work has been selected once the deadline has passed.

There will also be 5 prizes awarded to the creators of work that stand out as particularly creative, impactful and insightful. 

To submit your work you must fill in a short online form by following this link: https://forms.gle/d9TiQ8YkNhzt5Eop7

You can then email your work, for example a photograph, voice note or video, to [email protected]

Please include your full name in the subject line of the email.

If you have any further questions about the campaign or need any support with filling in the online form, please get in touch with: [email protected]