Imagining Autism Goes International

Following the visit of Professor John Lutterbie last week to meet the Imagining Autism team and participate in the launch of results and film screening, planning is now in progress to develop the project in the USA. Professor Lutterbie is Theatre and Art Department Chair at Stony Brook University and is Director of the Centre for Embodied Cognition. Professor Lutterbie will be leading a delegation of autism experts to visit Kent in June 2014 to discuss grant funding for a new trial which would extend the research, making use of Stony Brook’s resources. The plans include staff and student exchanges for research and training. Professor Lutterbie commented: ‘Stony Brook is delighted to be in active dialogue with Kent University. Our June visit will be the first stage for plans to collaborate actively in a research programme around Imagining Autism .’ In November, the project team will visit Stony Brook to participate in a symposium on autism intervention. The project is also in dialogue with Jacqueline Russell and Red Kite Theatre who have worked with Oily Cart, a collaboration which was featured in Nicola Shaughnessy’s book, Applying Performance and which would be developed through the proposed training programmes and network activities linking the work in the UK and US.