Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Other: Youtubers contest
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
- Other: Autistic young people 5-25 years old
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
It continues to be showed that the research in Psychology and Neuroscience emphasizes at this time the search for knowledge about precious specificities of the brain of people who are said to have autism. For these same people, the awareness of this knowledge is perhaps a unique way of understanding and personal development. This is precisely the reason for this contest. We are happy to report that the planned activity was completed satisfactorily. After making diffusion with moderate intensity in social networks (mainly Facebook), the contest was being adequately known among families. Although we did diffusion in sites of women with autism, only boys were registered. Six children were pre-enrolled accompanied by a caregiver; only four of them presented works (7, 8, 10 and 12 years old). The evaluation of the videos shows a high degree of compliance with the planned objectives: Allow to Youtubers between 5 and 25 years old – To investigate and express themselves about a topic of their interest. – To share information about autism, in particular about Asperger’s Syndrome. – To share a space joyfully ‘nerd’. – To apply curiosity to the knowledge of himself, to understand himself better and treat himself with more love. All the objectives could be reiterated in the next version of this activity. The “Youtubers contest” activity form seems to be broadly suited for the purposes of Brain Awareness Week. Many children, adolescents and young people have been left wanting to participate; It is possible therefore that the next version of the contest by many and more varied participants.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
Other Downloadable Materials:
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Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
- BAW Web site banner
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Making known our organization’s way of understanding and acting on autism: collaborating with autistic people in their own empowerment through the construction of knowledge and shared practices. Giving concrete content to the purpose to “change the paradigm” regarding the AS. Our contest focused on positive aspects and strengths that are usually neglected while only emphasizing deficit issues.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
It was appropriate that the contest had the participation and direction of adults with autism.
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