Why classical myth and autism?

Why classical myth and autism?

The idea for this project started to take shape at a meeting in 2008 with a special needs teacher, who mentioned that, in her experience and those of her colleagues, autistic children often enjoy classical myth. I began to wonder why this might be the case, and whether – as a classicist who researches, and loves, classical myth – there was anything I could contribute. I started this blog to report on my progress which was often sporadic until the launch of the Warsaw-based European Research Council-funded project Our Mythical Childhood (2016-21) to trace the role of classics in children’s culture.

My key contribution to the project is an exploration of classics in autistic children’s culture, above all by producing myth-themed activities for autistic children. This blog shares my progress, often along Herculean paths.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Embedding equality and diversity in the classical curriculum

In a posting of a few months ago, I mentioned that I was writing a toolkit for Classics practitioners for the Higher Education Academy's Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum project. The guide has just been published and is available here

Information on the project, and links to the other guides, is available here.