July 19th, 2021
After a mandatory pause due to the pandemic, testing has begun again in Portugal. Through close and active collaboration with Dr. Herédio Sousa (Hospital Dona Estefânia) and Dra. Luísa Monteiro (Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa), it was possible to select more children at the ENT departments who meet the criteria to participate in our project on social inclusion at the playground. Many parents were enthusiastic to participate with their deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Soon, PhD student Brenda who coordinates this project in Portugal will start testing again.
June 21st, 2021
On June 18th, the 2nd webinar (click here to read about the 1st webinar) was successfully held between the Focus on Emotions Lab and the China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment (CRRCHSI). This was a bilingual webinar given in both English and Chinese. Since the completion of the 2nd wave of data collection in March, the centre was eager to discuss current outcomes, future collaboration, and the utility of the social emotional testing battery.
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May 26th, 2021
“HERE: Black in Rembrandt’s time” in virtual reality (VR); Carolien was at the VR lab at Twente University, where Claudia could demonstrate her progress on the virtual museum for the Rembrandthuis. Read more about "HERE: Black in Rembrandt's time" and Musea Bekennen Kleur.
April 2nd, 2021
April is World Autism Acceptance Month, and April 2nd marks International Autism Awareness Day. First designated by the United Nations back in 2008, every year, this is the time to promote public awareness and acceptance of autism and the different phenotypes in males and females; and also address global efforts on research and activities enhancing acceptance of the diversity within Autism, thus defying stereotypes. Click here to read a blog on autistic high schoolers and how they may utilise “weak ties” socially; and click here to find out how autistic students can find safe spaces at school. These articles reveal how autistic students can navigate social inclusion in the school environment, taking into account the huge diversity of social goals within the population.
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