Read about the imaginative projects we’ve been creating in Midlothian. Small businesses and individuals have given their time, their skills and their creative spirit to this venture. And what they receive in return is priceless…
Artlink has supported Gail Keating, a retired teacher to publish two new books about what her autistic pupils taught her.
Gail Keating, a retired teacher of students with multiple and complex needs has distilled over 30 years learning from people with autism into two volumes. Gail’s books ‘Paper and Pens’ are two illustrated volumes, one of stories and one of tools, intended as friendly supports for parents or support staff working with anyone who has autism related anxiety or requires creative communication.
“This book aims to help all of us who share the lives of those with what is called autism to learn to think differently ourselves so that they can understand us better.”
Readers will discover Gail’s stories in Volume 1 – through anonymous characters or vignettes of those she’s taught (or as she’d describe it what they’ve taught her), and how they helped her see a different vision of the world. In Volume 2, she shares some of the tools or practical ways which helped mutual communication.
The book is for anyone who supports someone with autism, or a learning disability, who wants to understand more about another’s perspective.
Gail’s book will be made available free of charge through Midlothian libraries and is available to buy or download from the Artlink Shop.
This work has been supported by the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust Fund and Midlothian Council Autism Strategy.
COMIC LAUNCH & EXHIBITION
As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Artlink launches Scott vs Demons, a comic which takes a satirical look at the bureaucratic mistreatment of vulnerable people with chronic ill health and disabilities.
The comic takes as its starting point the experience of Scott Davidson, a young man with autism, and goes on a flight of fantasy where we get to experience the Personal Independence Payments (PIP) assessment process for the ridiculous farce it is.
On show at Artlink will be the original artwork for the comic and an opportunity to meet with some of the people behind the comic and talk with them about the ideas behind its creation.
Exhibition Venue: Artlink, 13a Spittal street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DY
Comic signing with Alan Grant & Scott Davidson: Friday 25th August, 9.30am- 5pm
Exhibition of Original Artwork: Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August, 9.30am – 5pm
Where to buy your copy: At Artlink, Blackwells Books, Deadhead Comics and other retailers or buy it online by clicking here.
A short story exploring real life situations through fiction.
All our publications are also available in Braille, Tape and Large print formats.
Please contact us for your copy.