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Call for Creative Submissions on Autistic Experiences of Menopause.

(Focus groups are complete, and we are no longer seeking focus group participants).

Colourful illustration by artist Mae Greyfrost of a diverse group of six autistic people, encircled by flowers, with a gold infinity symbol below.

We are seeking creative submissions for a research study on autistic experiences of menopause.

To watch a video explaining this project, please click the link below.

https://bournemouth.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=93a8a5a3-e14a-4e8a-b663-ae99010517d6

The purpose of the research is to explore the questions: 1.) How do autistic individuals in Canada and the UK experience menopause? 2.) How can autistic individuals better access information related to autism and menopause that might help them? and 3.) How can autistic communities in Canada and the UK more meaningfully guide future research?  To be eligible, you must be living in Canada or the UK, be autistic, AND have gone through the menopause OR think you are going through it now. 

Creative submissions might be a drawing, painting, photo, sculpture, video, poem, blog, vlog, song, sound recording, dance, or another kind of performance. Please don’t feel limited by these examples. We would welcome any creative work which can be submitted electronically. You can find examples of previous submissions on our Creative Submissions tab: https://autisticmenopause.com/creative-submissions/

Although anyone who meets the above criteria can take part, we would love to hear from a diverse range of participants- if you’re from an ethnic or racial minority group, or if you’re LGBTQIA2+, we would love to hear from you!

The first 40 participants will be offered a $45 (CAD) Amazon.ca or £25 (GBP) Amazon.co.uk gift card (limit one per participant) to be emailed following their creative submission and creative submission form completion. Supplies are limited. 

If you are feeling inspired and wish to contribute, please email your creative submission along with the Informed Consent Form and Submission Form [links below] by 31 December 2022 to Miranda Brady at Miranda.Brady@carleton.ca. Use ‘Creative Submission’ as the subject head of your email. You may need to use a file transfer site like wetransfer.com for large files.

This research has been cleared by Carleton University Research Ethics Board A Clearance # 116765. Ethical concerns should be directed to Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (by phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 2517 or by email: ethics@carleton.ca). For all other questions about the study, please contact Miranda.Brady@carleton.ca.

This research has also been accepted by Bournemouth University’s Science, Technology & Health Research Ethics Panel in accordance with research ethics code of practice (10.3.6.1).

About Us

The Bridging the Silos team includes Community Research Associates and academics from Carleton University, Canada and Bournemouth University, UK. Top row from left to right, Dr. Miranda J. Brady (Carleton University), Dr. Kelly Fritsch (Carleton University), Rose Matthews (Community Research Associate, UK); bottom row: Margaret Janse van Rensburg (Carleton University), Professor Julie Turner-Cobb (Bournemouth University), Christine Jenkins (Community Research Associate, Canada), Dr. Rachel Moseley (Bournemouth University). Not featured: Professor Stuart Murray (Carleton University).

About Bridging the Silos

Bridging the Silos: Autistics and Menopause is a research partnership between autistic advocates and academics studying experiences of menopause by autistic people in Canada and the UK. Team members include Community Research Associates and academics from Carleton University and Bournemouth University in Canada and the UK. Bridging the Silos is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Follow us on Twitter: @Autmenopause

Bridging the Silos featured in Carleton University’s FPA Voices.