Free talk on Autism and Imagination: beyond the stereotypes – November 18

Autism and Imagination: beyond the stereotypes by Dr Ilona Roth – free talk at The Crichton Trust (Monday November 18)

Autism, according to formal diagnostic criteria, involves restricted, repetitive activities and a preference for structure and predictability in most aspects of life.

These traits might seem far from the original, innovative thinking skills that are the hallmarks of an imaginative mind.

Yet some autistic people excel in fields typically associated with creativity, such as visual art and music, while media and popular culture often promote an image of autistic people as eccentric geniuses. What lies behind these different characterisations of autism and how can they be reconciled?

What are the implications for ideas about creativity and how it can be nurtured?

Ilona Roth is Honorary Associate in the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University, having recently retired from a senior lectureship. Her work over several decades in the autism field includes distance teaching, research and outreach activities.

Pursuing her mission to promote understanding and action in relation to autism, in 2018 she launched a free online course Understanding Autism that has already attracted many thousands of learners. She is the recipient of the Herald Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019.

The talk will last from 6.30 pm to 8.30pm and is open to everyone who is interested in know more about autism and imagination.

This talk is free and open to anyone. Please note there will be tea and coffee available on arrival.

If you are interested in attending please book here: Autism and Imagination

The Crichton Trust is co-hosting the event in partnership with The Open University and charity Better Lives Partnership.