Caring for Stories: Participatory Action Research on Autism and Self-Expression

Image: Aline De Nys

 
 

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.

 
 Image: Caring for Stories

Image: Caring for Stories

 
 Image: Caring for Stories

Image: Caring for Stories

 
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)