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Open Minds Exhibition - Perspectives on Autism

The word ‘autism’ encompasses both diversity and complexity. People diagnosed with autism have unique ways of experiencing the world and perceiving others, are diverse in their abilities and behaviours, and are often represented from the ‘outside’ by books, films, the media and science. It can be hard for society to understand their specific and complex needs, which in turn can negatively impact their quality of life, relationships, support networks and job prospects.

‘Open Minds’ is an ongoing project which aims to improve public understanding of autism by highlighting the perspectives of autistic people*, their parents and their carers**. Doctoral researcher Brett Heasman, from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE, brings together stories collected from one community in Hull, East Yorkshire. With professional portraits by Lydia Meredith, visitors can listen to the portraits speak about their experiences of life on ‘the spectrum’.

Photography http://www.lydiameredith.co.uk

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