Ambitious about Autism

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Ambitious about Autism (AaA) is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They want to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism. They achieve this by providing services, raising awareness and understanding, and campaigning for change. Through TreeHouse School and Ambitious College they are also able to offer specialist education and support.

The organisation recently approached Media Trust’s bespoke training team to train a group of young people with autism in video making. Together they produced a series of videos to support their when will we learn? campaign. The campaign considers the impact of the school system when it fails children and young people with autism and their families, and unveils the scale and severity of this issue.

The team at AaA wanted the training to inspire young people with autism to get involved in activism and campaigning. The training aimed to show the young participants how to plan a film, how to use smart phones to create short videos documenting their lives, interviewing their peers and parents, and to share them via the AaA website.

Media Trust worked with AaA to develop a session that would be tailored exactly to their needs and those of the young participants, giving them confidence in their ability and excitement about the possibilities for their films.

Our bespoke training team delivered four full days of workshops, which included planning a story, setting up shots, interviewing, general views, shooting indoors and outdoors, editing footage and publishing finished short films with mobile devices. The young participants produced their own movies, which highlighted their educational experiences first-hand through short films and what is needed from society to respond to their educational needs.

Elizabeth Archer, AaA’s Policy and Campaigns Director, commented: “We are particularly proud that some of these young people with autism who have additional complex needs, learning disabilities and use alternative communication methods successfully created their own films. This demonstrates what these young people can achieve given appropriate support and training.”

The films will be released in January 2017 and Ambitious about Autism is currently working with the young people to plan the release of their videos and celebrate their work.

Our bespoke training team specialised in tailoring a wide range of marketing and communications training to meet the specific needs of charity staff, as well as beneficiaries. If you would like to find out more about arranging a bespoke training package visit the bespoke training section of our website or get in touch with the team on bespoke@mediatrust.org or call us on 020 871 5600.

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