Art changing the world: one person at a time

Whelan, Michael (2015) Art changing the world: one person at a time. AQ Blog, June(18).

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Abstract

Dr Michael Whelan from Autism Queensland talks about a mentoring program supporting young people to develop creative industries skills…

Following the extreme social stresses of high school, a lot of young people on the autism spectrum retreat to their bedrooms and computers to hibernate for extended periods of time. Online gaming communities and digital media hubs often provide a more accessible forum for young adults on the autism spectrum to establish and maintain social connections. A recent study suggests that school leavers on the autism spectrum in Queensland spend an average of 9.5 hours per day (68 hours per week) engaged in solitary technology-based activities. While this astonishing figure has its foundations in the sobering fact that most of these young people have limited social networks and experience significant anxiety and depression, it also serves to illustrate the extraordinary skill sets that these extended hours of technological engagement can facilitate.

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ID Code: 91821
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: autism, creative industries, post school transition
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Michael Whelan
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2016 23:29
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 02:18

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