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Yesterday marked the start of #AutismAwarenessWeek. We spoke to one of our students, Annie Crawford, about her experience with not only Autism but also Selective Mutism. Annie has not spoken at UCA since starting two years ago. When asked how Autism affects her, Annie said "Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world. It’s a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. I have problems with social communication and interaction. That means difficulties with interpreting both verbal and non-verbal language, taking things literally and needing extra time to process information or answer questions. I also often have difficulty ‘reading’ other people — recognising or understanding others’ intentions — and expressing my own emotions. This makes it hard to form friendships and I get easily overloaded." Annie continued telling us how Autism affects her work: "Autism definitely affects the way I approach my work. Having such a focused interest in my chosen subject has been very beneficial, and once I start a piece of work, I remain very absorbed in it — sometimes forgetting other tasks. However, there are other times when I struggle to get started, even though I’ve planned exactly what needs to be done. This means I have periods of doing a huge amount of work — burning myself out, and then having a period of not being able to do anything. It can be frustrating, but this is the way I function and, so far, I’ve been doing very well with my degree despite it. I’d also say that both my disabilities have an impact on the content of my work." Whilst Annie struggles with many aspects of university, she has been able to successfully continue her studies and create incredible work, with the help of different support teams at UCA. Annie said "I’m very grateful for all of the people I have supporting me at UCA — without them, I’d be struggling to manage the demands of my course." Read more: https://bit.ly/3rc1UPv #WeareUCA #MakersofUCA #AutismAwarenessWeek #fineart #creative #illustration #art #artist #contemporaryart #artwork #painting #modernart #artoftheday #artsy #sketch #drawing #sketchbook #draw # #autism #autismworld #autismawareness #autismsupport #autismlife #understandingautism #autismacceptance #mutism #selectivemutism
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Informed by her experience of Autism and Selective Mutism, UCA Fine Art student Annie Crawford’s work makes a powerful statement.