Autism Awareness Week
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the United Kingdom.
Over the week, we’ll be looking at a European research project that aims to improve the job prospects of graduates with autism, finding out more about autism and eating disorders, and hearing first-hand experiences of staff and students who live with autism.
The first of these is a blog by Dr James McGrath. James is a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities. In the blog, James talks about aspects of autistic experience that aren’t always widely discusses – imagination, ‘face blindness’ and the burdens of stereotyping.