12 October 2020

Launch of Resource for Youth Theatre Facilitators to Support Young People on the Autism Spectrum

Developed in partnership with AsIAm, the National Autism Charity, we are delighted to announce the launch of “A Handbook for Youth Theatre Facilitators: Supporting Young People on the Autism Spectrum”

Youth theatres welcome a rich mix of young people to their workshops and activities on a weekly basis, including a large number of young people on the autism spectrum. Youth Theatre Ireland hopes this resource will build on the inclusive practice taking place in youth theatre workshops around the country, equipping youth theatre leaders with the information and strategies they need to build their confidence and support the engagement of autistic young people within their work.

This resource is the result of invaluable partnership work with AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity. It was written by Hannah O’Dwyer (Education Officer with AsIAm) in collaboration with Anna Galligan (Facilitator with Kilkenny Youth Theatre and Outreach Officer with Barnstorm Theatre Company) and Youth Theatre Ireland. Thanks to all to the youth theatre facilitators, parents and young people who contributed case studies.

Many thanks also to the Creative Ireland Programme for funding this resource and the online seminar, 'Supporting Young People on the Autism Spectrum in Youth Theatre', at which the resource was launched on Saturday, October 10th.

You can download A Handbook for Youth Theatre Facilitators: Supporting Young People on the Autism Spectrum here.

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