Why you should do this course:

  • You are thinking about going to university and wonder how having autism might affect the experience
  • You are at university and would like some ideas on how to make the experience easier
  • You are struggling with, or suspect you might struggle with, the social aspect
  • You are struggling with, or suspect you might struggle with, managing your workload

Course Description:

  • Pre-learning questionnaire: You complete an online survey before you begin.
  • Animation: Watch an animated short film (13 minutes) that shows a day at university for the autistic character, The Girl With The Curly Hair.
  • Analyses: Read a detailed analysis on each scene in the film that discusses various learning points.
  • Your own ideas: Think about how you might or might not relate to The Girl With The Curly Hair.
  • Quizzes: Answer a fun quiz to check what you have learned.
  • Certificate of completion: Download and print a certificate.

This course was written and created by autistic author and founder of The Curly Hair Project, Alis Rowe.

Modules:

Optional introduction to our work.

An outline of how this course should be taken.

Watch the full film first to gain a broad overview. The film gives you the background for the rest of the course.

The Girl With The Curly Hair carries out her early morning routine, which includes getting up very early so that she can submit an assignment even before the university day begins.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are similar to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

The Girl With The Curly Hair arrives at university feeling hot and bothered.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are similar to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

The Girl With The Curly Hair attends a lecture on ‘Markovnikovs rule’ (and feels distressed by the missing apostrophe on the slide).

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are similar to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

The Girl With The Curly Hair struggles with practical work. She feels all muddled up working out which tubes in the experiment are supposed to go where.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are similar to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

The Girl With The Curly Hair desperately needs some Alone Time, but her classmates persuade her to tag along with them.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are similar to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

The class are chatting away, distracting The Girl With The Curly Hair from doing her work. Dr Mole warns that if they don’t finish, they’ll have to come back another time. 

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are similar to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

The Girl With The Curly Hair is exhausted and really needs to walk home alone. She needs her own space. Her friend Zharnel however, insists on walking with her.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are similar to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

Reflection on what you might have learned about yourself.