Welcome to the Autism Research Innovation Centre
The Autism Research Innovation Centre (ARIC) is focused on strengthening the wider autism community through participatory action research. ARIC’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment where community knowledge and academic expertise merge to produce evidence-based innovative professional approaches and services for enriching the lives of autistic people and those who support them throughout their lifespan.
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What are we doing?
We are combining the diverse expertise of academic professionals in the fields of autism research, business, computer science, dog- and animal-assisted interventions, education, health, human resource management, medical statistics and psychology with the in-depth, first-hand experience of community leaders, community partners and policy-makers, including governmental organisations, local government- and public authorities, charities and engagement groups.
Why is it important?
Our objective is to empower autistic communities by developing, evaluating and cultivating modern, efficient, evidence-based initiatives and protocols to strengthen the connection between autistic people and those supporting them – from early childhood to late adulthood – and to enhance and maximise the rewards of their collaboration.
Ultimately, we envisage and realise practices, techniques and technologies, which inherently enable and actively promote the organic creation of a society that cherishes and thrives on its diversity and inclusiveness.
How are we different?
Our work is grounded in the innovative principles of participatory action research and community-based participatory research, where we strategically involve all stakeholders to co-develop the stages of project design, data collection and dissemination, in order to break through the current boundaries of scientific- and public understanding of autism and of autistic individuals.
Using this framework, the multiple perspectives we adopt and combine, shed light onto various unique life experiences shared by autistic people from accessing additional support in education, through gaining novel opportunities by making the most of skill development programs and service provisions, to improving overall quality of life by finding and retaining employment. We draw on these experiences and research outcomes to inform policy development and re-assess current professional practices in the UK.