Every Brain Champions
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"When I set out to create What I (Don't) Know About Autism I was at the beginning of a steep learning curve - about inclusive practice and about myself and my own neurodivergence. I opened my eyes to what potential barriers to inclusion might be, and once I did so, it was impossible to close them again. I think what helped us most was working with a constant questioning of traditional practices and an openness to changing the status quo. Everything from rehearsal space, to teching the show, to artists' contracts, to communication, to audience experience was examined and reimagined in order to be inclusive.
What I strongly feel is that it is not enough to say, 'We are inclusive of everyone.' Inclusive practice and performance needs to be bespoke. You need to consult with your team and find out what their individual needs are. You need to communicate with the neurodiversity community and disabled audiences and find out what their accessibility requirements are. You need to be constantly looking around the spaces you make work in and asking yourself these questions: 'Who is not here today?' 'Why are they not here?' 'How can we invite them in?"