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What does it mean to be an autistic person with sensory processing difficulties?
How do sensory aspects of an environment impact autistic people?
How can we help people learn about what sensory processing difficulties are like?

These are the questions that our project Sensory Street aims to answer. From spring 2021 to spring 2022 we collected data from autistic people to learn more about their views and experiences of public places, and we are excited to be working with the autistic community to create an immersive event to help people learn more about sensory processing difficulties in a creative and interesting way.

How did we learn more about Sensory Processing Difficulties in autistic people?

We are particularly interested in learning more about what sensory aspects of different public places (e.g. shops, restaurants and hairdressers) most affect autistic people.

In 2021 we spoke to a range of autistic people about their sensory experiences in focus groups and on social media. We have begun to analyse these results and write about our findings. We will use this information to help us create our immersive event in 2022.

Want to be involved in shaping our Immersive Event?

On the 24th of May we want to host an informal feedback group online on Microsoft Teams. This will be your first opportunity to find out more about what the event will be like and your chance to give us feedback on the design and plan.

We want our event to really reflect autistic people’s experiences and views, and so we would like to hear from as many people as possible. We welcome individuals who have not taken part in our previous groups as well as those who have.

Want to be involved in our online feedback session on the 24th of May (5:30-6:30pm)? If so, contact us by email, through our website or via social media.

Immersive Event

From the 14-16th of July we are holding an event at PEARL in Dagenham. We are working with our partner Sensory Spectacle to design an immersive experience based on the descriptions of difficulties faced by autistic individuals. The event aims to help inform people who come into day-to-day contact with autistic people about sensory processing differences. Free tickets will be available soon.

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