Week 6 – 7: Collaboration work updates

On week 6, we presented our final proposition. It’s a website dedicated as a campaign to raise awareness in regard with multicultural Cardiff. The initial idea of the website came from Lauren Evans and we agreed on it, because we thought that it a good way to display our artwork and it’s essential to benefit from digital media and we can use it to promote, influence and hopefully will inspire change.

On week 7, unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend week 7 group tutorial because I have to interview my field-personal project research participants. However, my group have updated me that our group have received pier feedbacks. The feedbacks are good and constructive for our group development.

Child’s play

In regard with my task, I have produced a box play with the theme of raising awareness of Autism (as explained in my previous blog post about children with autism). The reason why I chose Autism awareness theme in the multiculturalism project is because I think that multi-culture is not only about celebrating the differences but it is also about learning to understand and respect of the differences and discouraging discrimination (e.g: place/country of origin, colour of our skin, education, disability, religion, political views, and e.t.c.). In this case I used discrimination suffered by children with autism as an example. I’ve seen parents struggle with looking after children with autism which got me thinking to look into types of assistance that the government have provided for the parents. I’ve noticed that a lot of the assistances or trainings are aimed at parents and not a lot that aim to young people or children. I’ve also noticed that most of the posters for autism awareness campaign ask us to respect the differences but not so much on why do we have to respect and support children with autism. Therefore based on my findings, the aim of the educational box play is to give better understanding to children about autism in school and society. A research stated that Four in 10 children with autism are being illegally excluded from school. We believe that trough education at an early age, we can influence and inspire change in the behaviour and treatment toward children with autism, which ultimately lead to adaption and respect of the differences therefore they would give support to children with autism.

According to the National Autistic Society (NAS), there is strong evidence to suggest that autism can be caused by a variety of physical factors, all of which affect brain development. There is also evidence, says the NAS, to suggest that genetic factors are responsible for some forms of autism.

Children with autism usually have difficulties with social communication, social interaction and social imagination. There is no cure for autism, however there are range of learning and development techniques interventions that are helpful. The boxes display brief definition of autism and tips on how to handle, treat, response and respect children with autism. These are the text printed on the educational box:

  1. It’s the difference that makes us special. Enjoy my special quirks, don’t compare me with other kids, I like being unconditionally loved and accepted because it will help me more that anything else.
  2. I’m not weird, I’m limited edition. Autism is a serious and lifelong developmental disability; Autism is not a mental disability problem or a learning disability; There’s no cure for autism.
  3. I don’t have to speak to have something to say. Pick up my nonverbal cues to be used to communicate with me, because I make sounds, facial expression, and gestures to communicate; I also have sensitivity to sound, touch, smell, taste, lights, and colour.
  4. Happiness is being included. Everyday life can be confusing, frightening, and lack of meaning for me therefore play is an essential part of my learning; Play when i’m awake and alert; Make me smile and laugh because we will benefits from our company.

Research source materials are from:

Helping children with autism.

NHS.

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