Working with Autistic People

Update February 2022: We have completed collecting data from our social media posts and focus groups. Thank you to everyone who participated and visit our findings pages to learn more about what we have learnt.

Want to be involved in shaping our immersive event? Join us online on the 24th of May to find out more and give us feedback on the design so far. contact us by email, through our website or via social media to find out more.

There are two ways you can share your experiences of public places. Our focus groups are for autistic people with a confirmed diagnosis, while our social media project is open to anyone who identifies as autistic.

Option 1 – Focus Groups

You will be invited to be part of one of a series of small online focus groups. In these groups we will discuss your sensory experiences of different public places (e.g., hairdressers, shops and restaurants). The groups will last about an hour. Towards the end of the focus group, you will be given the opportunity to provide a drawing to convey an example of an ideal sensory public place and to share this with the research team. If you want to share your drawing, you can do this by sending a copy electronically by email or in the chat, or by holding a paper copy up to the camera.

We will video/audio record the session so that the information can be transcribed later by our research team. This is so we can have an accurate record of your thoughts. You may participate with this group however you feel most comfortable such as enabling your video and/or audio or communicating through the chat box. Once we have transcribed the group’s responses we will delete the recording unless you give us permission to use clips of video or audio for promotional materials.

You will receive a voucher as a thank you for participating in the focus group.

Please read our information sheets to find out more:

Following each of our online focus groups we sent the participants a feedback survey to find out more about what went well and what could be improved for future events and activities. To learn more about this, please visit our privacy notice for the feedback survey

Option 2 – Social Media Engagement

Comment on social media posts generated and produced across our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages (@sensorystreet).

These posts will be phrased as questions or statements for you to interact with (such as adding your own experiences of public places or activities).  

We will record the activity generated from these posts such as likes, comments and shares of these posts. By interacting with the post, you consent to us recording your anonymised responses to the information and using this for future materials associated with the research project. You will be free to delete your posts or unlike comments if you wish to remove these for up to two months after the original post (when the data will be recorded and anonymised).  

Please read our information sheets to find out more:

Feedback Group

Following the first round of analysis from the focus groups, we invited autistic people to be part of an online feedback session in September 2021. This session was an opportunity for autistic individuals to give us feedback on our results and discuss how we present our findings in the future. We used their feedback to shape our findings as well as our immersive event for 2022. To learn more about how their data was protected within this group, visit our privacy notice for participating in feedback groups.

Ethics Approval Reference: R74960/RE001

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