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Our Autism Soap Box

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Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield

Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield

200 St Marys Gate, Eyre Street

Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4QZ

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Our Autism Soapbox is a 2 hour event that aims to put the autistic voice front and centre with presentations, discussions and performances on autism in our own words. Building on other successful events held by the Sheffield Hallam Autism Centre, Our Autism Soapbox moves the discussion out of the university and into the public space. Presenters/Performers from a variety of backgrounds are given 5 minutes to stand on their soapbox and present or perform (e.g. poetry) on any topic to do with autism that they feel is important to them.

Presentations will include 'a traitor to my diagnosis?', 'thoughts of an autistic mother', 'growing up autistic' and much more. The aim of this event is to engage and inform the general public around the thoughts, feelings and opinions of actual autistics. Attendees will also have the opportunity to chat with speakers, ask questions and network for ongoing discussions.

Running alongside the event will be a twitter discussion using the #OurAutismSoapbox to engage with those unable to attend the event, there will also be a question corner where attendees can record 30sec questions to be answered and disseminated online after the event and a question and comments notice board where again attendees can ask questions and comment on the event if they wish.

Attendees will need no prior understanding or knowledge of autism and the event is open to the general public of all ages.

The event will be held at the Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield who has kindly offered their new facilities for the event. The staff have all received an autistic led workshop on awareness and understanding and have worked closely with the event organisers to ensure the event is as accessible as possible for all attendees.

Funded by the ESRC part of the cities ESRC festival of social sciences.

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200 St Marys Gate, Eyre Street

Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4QZ

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