ACoRNS News

ACoRNS welcomes new Research Fellow

We are delighted to welcome Dr Asha Ward to the ACoRNS team. Asha is the new Research Fellow on our ESRC-funded ‘Our Stories’ project which is extending our Digital Stories methodology to new settings to support the transitions and understanding of autistic children, young people and their families. Asha recently completed her EngD at Bournemouth University …

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ACoRNS wins ESRC research funding

Professor Sarah Parsons and Dr Hanna Kovshoff have been awarded £135k funding from the ESRC as part of a call for projects to develop innovative methods. ‘Our Stories…’: co-constructing Digital Storytelling methodologies for supporting the transitions of autistic children is a collaboration with Professor Nicola Yuill at the University of Sussex, and local community partners including …

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ACoRNS newsletter now live!

We’re really happy to announce that we will be producing regular newsletters to keep you up to date with what’s going on within the ACoRNS network. Expect to see information about ACoRNS celebrations, updates on our projects, and introductions to our members.  The first issue is available to view and download here.

ACoRN@Sussex launched!

We are delighted that our sister ACoRN@Sussex was formally launched on October 21st 2020 with a live Zoom event attended by over 70 people. ACoRN@ Sussex is led by Professor Nicola Yuill (Psychology) and Dr Jacqui Shepherd (Education) at the University of Sussex. Sharing the same core principles of participatory and creative methods for addressing research questions that matter to …

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Latest ACoRNS research published

Three papers based on ACoRNS research have been published recently. All reflect the ACoRNS focus of accessing and respecting children’s views and perspectives, and all are open access meaning that anyone can read them. The paper published in the Journal of Early Childhood Research discusses our Digital Stories methodology for accessing the views of pre-school autistic children. …

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‘Digital transitions: learning from lockdown for the future’ event

The Autism Community Research Network @Southampton [ACoRNS] invites you to join us for a free webinar on: Digital transitions: learning from lockdown for the future This online event will be an opportunity to share the important and innovative research that has been done with Digital Stories during lockdown to support the assessments of children for their EHCPs, and …

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New resources for supporting transitions

The ACoRNS team have developed some new resources to help professionals and schools learn about children before they transition in September.  The resources are based on creating Digital Stories, which are short videos that show who the child is, including their strengths, capabilities and preferences, rather than focusing on their difficulties and challenges. Under the …

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World Autism Day 2020

This year’s World Autism Day comes at a time of uncertainty for many.  Today, more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of community.  The Autism Community Research Network @ Southampton (ACoRNS) would like to pay tribute to our early years, primary, secondary, FE and residential setting partners, all of the education practitioners we …

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ACoRNS to present 6 papers at international inclusion conference!

ACoRNS research will be very well represented at the Inclusive and Supportive Education Conference (ISEC) taking place in London from 3-5 August 2020. The conference will feature presentations from across the world, with a main theme of Closing the Research to Practice Gap. ACoRNS research aligns very strongly with this theme of course and so …

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ACoRNS partner, Hill House, receives ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted results

Our congratulations go to ACoRNS partner, Hill House, for the tremendous ‘Outstanding’ results they have received from Ofsted! Hill House’s partnership with ACoRNS is mentioned in their Ofsted report, noting that ‘they seek advice from beyond the school to support their work, liaising with other local experts and carrying out research through their link with …

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