This talk will summarise a research project that explored the ‘special interests’ of autistic adults. Dr Chris Bailey will show how these interests have played really important roles in the participants' lives, helping them to develop their identities, enabling them to maintain positive wellbeing at various stages of their lives.
The event will launch a booklet summary of the research and its findings
Autistic people are often recognised as having intense or focussed interests on particular topics or activities. However, this aspect of autistic experience is very rarely researched, and the interests are often referred to negatively as being ‘restrictive and repetitive’. To provide an alternative perspective, this talk uses words and images provided by participants to show how complex and valuable these ‘ruling passions’ can actually be to the lives of the people involved
Dr Chris Bailey
All are welcome to attend
Will be of interest to autistic and other neurodivergent people, their families and friends and those working in professional roles with autistic and other neurodivergent people