My Place, My Perspective

What is My Place, My Perspective?

We are delighted to have been successful in getting support from the National Lottery through The Heritage Lottery Fund to develop My Place, My Perspective. We are partnering with Historic Environment Scotland and The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to deliver a three-year project that gives autistic young people a better sense of how they belong in, interact with and understand their part in our natural and built heritage.

People with autism can perceive the world differently from their peers, with the balance between the senses is often skewed in ways that result in heightened responses to particular sensory stimuli. This imbalance in sensory input results in a personal perspective of someone’s surroundings which differs from that of their  peers. Rarely can either understand the other’s perspective, with the perspective from the child with autism’s side often then viewed as flawed. This feeling that ‘I have got things wrong again’ feeds into a general dissociation from the world around them.

This project aims to challenge that, to give value to the range of perspectives that reflect a society that values and embraces neurodiversity.

Working with our partners to explore Edinburgh’s natural and built heritage in a structured programme of visits, activities and experiences will give young people the chance to understand more of the what, why, where and when of the world in which they live. We want to engender in them a real feeling of being part of it, feeling that they are connected and that their perspective is not wrong, just different.

Where is My Place, My Perspective?

My Place, My Perspective will run on alternate Saturdays through the year from 9:30 to 3:30. The project is based in Edinburgh with visits planned each session to the Royal Botanic Gardens or a site managed by Historic Environment Scotland.

Who is My Place, My Perspective for?

Young people with autism aged 11 to 14 (or thereabouts) looking to be part of a daylong activity in a small group setting.

Ideally, we would like the young people to be able to attend each session and stay with the project for most, if not all of the three years. We have built in some days for family members to see what has been achieved (roughly every six months) and for the young people to celebrate their connections with their heritage.

How can I get my child involved?

We are currently operating a waiting list for My Place, My Perspective.  If you are interesting in joining this or have any questions regarding My Place, My Perspective please contact the office on 0131 661 3834 or email office@lothianautistic.org