Ambitious about Autism

Training young people with autism in film-making, with a course tailored specifically to meet their needs.

Ambitious about Autism (AaA) is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They want to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism. This is achieved by providing services, raising awareness and understanding, and campaigning for change. Through TreeHouse School and Ambitious College they also offer specialist education and support.

The organisation initially approached Media Trust to discuss how they could train a group of young people with autism in video making. They wanted to produce a series of videos to support their when will we learn? campaign. The campaign considers the impact of the school system when it fails children and young people with autism and their families. It also unveils the scale and severity of this issue.

Ambitious about Autism Campaign

Inclusive learning for all

The team at AaA wanted to inspire young people with autism to get involved in activism and campaigning. The training aimed to show the young participants how to plan a film, use smart phones to create short videos documenting their lives, interview their peers and parents, and to share them via the AaA website.

We are particularly proud that some of these young people with autism who have additional complex needs, learning disabilities and use alternative communication methods successfully created their own films. This demonstrates what these young people can achieve given appropriate support and training.

Elizabeth Archer, Policy and Campaigns Director, Ambitious about Autism

Building practical skills and inspiring confidence

Media Trust worked with AaA to develop a session that would be tailored exactly to their needs and those of the young participants. It was also important to give them confidence in their ability and create excitement about the possibilities for their films.

Our bespoke training team delivered four full days of workshops. The programme included planning a story, setting up shots, interviewing, general views, shooting indoors and outdoors, editing footage and publishing finished short films with mobile devices. This resulted in the young participants producing their own movies. The short films highlighted their educational experiences first-hand and illustrated what is needed from society to respond to their educational needs.

Ambitious about Autism is working with the young people to plan the release of their videos and celebrate their work.

Provide a training course tailored for your team

Do you have a team of people that would benefit from developing their communications skills? Our bespoke training service offers a cost-effective option for training groups of staff or beneficiaries.

From media interview training to writing for the web, we will work with you to design a tailored workshop that meets your learning needs. It will also be delivered at a venue and on a date of your choice.

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