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The Flying Fish – El Pez Volador

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The Flying Fish - El Pez Volador

Participating Organizations:

Ojos de Cielo Foundation Autística Mente Social Sciences and Humanities Research Institute (National Council of Scientific and Technological Research/National University of Salta)

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Youtubers contest

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Other
  • Other: Autistic young people 5-25 years old

Approximate Number of People Reached:

4000

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:

  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Flyers through social networks. They are the easiest and fastest to spread among potential participants, their families and professionals, schools and care centers that serve them.

Resources

Other Downloadable Materials:

  • Todo
  • en español

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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Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://www.elpezvolador.org/semana-del-cerebro-2018/

Contact Name:

Constanza Ruiz-Danegger

Contact Phone:

+5493875818457

Contact Email:

ruizdanegger@gmail.com

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