I’m beginning recruitment for my first study outside of coursework. I keep being surprised by the realization that this is real, I’m really working as an anthropologist, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. Re-working this study to be online rather than in person has also added a whole other layer. It was easy to stay motivated when I started my graduate studies when I was spending at least one night a week with friends in the local Autistic community. Looking forward to fieldwork then felt both meaningful and easy. Now that everything is on-line there is a sense of unreality about it.
Members of LAST are conducting research into Autistic adults perspectives on autism research. The study is titled: “Determining Community Priorities for Participatory Research With Autistic Adults in London Ontario”. It is seeking to determine what priorities are for future research involving Autistic adults from London, and how research can be made more accessible for our community. It will involve two semi-structured interviews and a series of 5-6 focus groups, all conducted online. There is also the possibility of independent, at home, activities. Participants can choose which of the study activities they want to be part of. The Zoom platform will be used to conduct the focus groups.
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