Caring for Stories: Participatory Action Research on Autism and Self-Expression
Despite the great attention for self-narratives within Disability Studies, the arts and popular media, still not everyone is acknowledged as an equally competent narrator or storyteller.
People who have difficulties speaking, for instance, get fewer opportunities to enter into dialogue or to express their fears and desires. Their needs are often interpreted by 'the outside' and then fed into diagnostic labeling (such as autism spectrum disorder).
The project 'Caring for Stories', therefore, provides creative workshops for people who have difficulties speaking and draws attention to non-verbal strategies of expression and narration.
The workshops explore self-expression in relation to objects, materials and experience. Sense-based exploration is used to investigate new kinds of connections with the individual expressions, environment and its material qualities.
Initiated by: Sonja Jokiniemi and dr. Leni Van Goidsenhoven Scientific Committee: Prof. dr. Ilse Noens, Prof. dr. Anneleen Masschelein, dr. Elisabeth De Schauwer, dr. Erik Thys Funded by: Execellence Financing KU Leuven (Belgium) & Koning Boudewijnstichting (Belgium) Collaboration with: STUK (Leuven), RIFT (Geel)