Reflecting the experiences of Somali families affected by autism through film

Published Date: 18 Dec 2018

NIHR CLAHRC West is working with local charity Autism Independence and filmmakers Therapeutic Media to develop a film that tells the stories of Somali families affected by autism in Bristol. The film is aimed at the professionals who support these families, as well as helping break down stigma around autism within the Somali community.

The filming is happening thanks to an award of £17,709 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account to accelerate the findings of the research CLAHRC West co-produced with the Bristol Somali community, for greater and longer lasting impact. This project enables CLAHRC West to build on the established relationship with Autism Independence (AI) and to collaborate with Therapeutic Media who specialises in films for the health and social care sectors.

Filming kicked off in the Autumn, facilitated by support from the families that use AI’s services. 

Find out more about the Somali autism film