To mark World Autism Awareness Week, a group of students from LVS Oxford have been working on a short film entitled ‘The World Through Our Eyes’, which they hope will dispel some of the myths that surround autism and show how much they can achieve with support from family, friends, educators and therapists. The project is being led by Charlie Chalk and Helen Le Brocq from the OYAP Trust, which is based at the Courtyard Youth Arts Centre in Bicester. After a full day of storyboarding and filming, the rough cut is available below for a sneak preview…… Watch this space for the fully edited film!
Another short film, created by Morgan, conveys his thoughts about autism and can be seen below...
In addition to the film project, which Class 4 and the Sixth form participated in yesterday, we are focusing on autism related issues, such as growing confidence when out in the community, dealing with sensory issues and discussing work experience that would suit our learners.
LVS Oxford Head of Centre Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “The filming workshop was fantastic as it enabled a large group of our students to develop their film making skills while tackling an important topic - what autism means to them. When the final film ‘The World Through Our Eyes’ is finished it will be promoted by the OYAP Trust and the school, adding to the growing number of excellent films that are being made by young people with autism to help improve knowledge and acceptance in the wider community. We are very keen to support World Autism Awareness Week as we feel there is a long way to go before the general public fully understand the wide range of issues faced by people with autism. Also, here at LVS Oxford, we know that it can be hard for young people to come to terms with their diagnosis, so it is great for us to have opportunities to encourage the students to discuss how they feel about autism with their fellow students, staff, family and friends ”.
We aim to provide them with a 'tool box for life' - a variety of skills and coping mechanisms that they can take with them in to the future.