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First Virtual Reality Channel In Autism Co-Founded By University Of Kent’s Tizard Centre Academics

July 9, 2020

A press release:


Academics from the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre have co-founded AUTISM, the first virtual reality (VR) channel.

The channel will support an open community forum, focusing on sharing information in the field as well as state-of-the-art research, projects and VR applications. Through interactive virtual meet-ups and workshops the AUTISM team will encourage members to present their own ideas and discuss what the best approaches of care are.

AUTISM is an open, global platform that focuses on accommodating autistic people as well as parents and carers, enabling them to network and connect with other like-minded people.

Alongside Dr Melina Malli (University of Oxford) and Dr Nigel Newbutt (University of West England), the Tizard Centre’s Dr Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou, Dr Damian Milton and PhD researchers Krysia Waldock and Anna Xygkou will raise awareness and provide insights through the VR channel, across the age span and variations on the autism spectrum.

Dr Triantafyllopoulou said: ‘We are delighted to launch AUTISM, the first VR channel of its kind. Our launch event was very popular and attracted people from around the world and we look forward to rolling out a programme of events. We invite everyone with an interest in autism to join us and subscribe to the channel.’

AUTISM’s next Community Casual Catch Up will be held on 5 August 2020 at 19.00 BST.

The subscription link to the AUTISM channel is here:

The Tizard Centre is part of the University’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

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