University of Lancaster
EDEN is a project that aims to make Lancaster a more inclusive place for people with mental differences through three different methods.
The first is a weekly bubble tea stall on campus. We partnered with Piccadilly Gardens to run this stall with some of their members who have autism as a way to improve their confidence and communication skills.
The second is through an awareness campaign. Our awareness campaign peaks during Lancaster University’s first autism awareness and acceptance week (March 10-15). We are participating in quiz nights, we are running an art exhibition and an “experience” of sensory overload as well releasing an informational and educational video about autism which tells the experiences of autistic individuals in the community.
The third is through a business model that sees autistic individuals act as consultants to local businesses to re-design their work environment and culture to provide equal work opportunities for all.
What Global Goals are we working towards?
4 – Quality Education
11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
How can you help us?
We are looking for support in creating the space for an autistic hub on campus. This is problematic due to limited space on campus and the lack of proof for the need for the hub. We are also looking to connect with businesses to ask them about their inclusivity policies.