iHuman: This is what it means to be human … Free Event November University of Sheffield

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre Event

November 2014

iHuman: This is what it means to be human …

Location: Jessops West Exhibition Space, University of Sheffield Date/time: 10am to 4pm, Saturday 1st November 2014

We are bringing together young people and researchers to share our ideas about what it means to be human. We are living in an age marked by the rapid growth in knowledge about the human body and brain. These include the development of powerful new technologies with the potential to augment our bodies (and modify behaviour) and diagnostics for the early detection of disease, drugs to aid cognition, and devices to extend physical capabilities. And many more of us, so it seems, are endlessly plugged in to our smartphones, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat. Our lives are lived in the virtual. How are these developments changing how we understand what it means to be human? To help answer this question we have asked the following people to present to us as part of this ESRC festival of Science event:

  1. Alternative and Augmentative Communication users of technology – Bridge College Manchester
  2.  Young dis/abled people and their accounts of their humanness through their relationships with technology – Holmfirth High School
  3. Self-advocacy group members and their use of film – Speakup Self-advocacy Rotherham
  4. Researchers from the University of Sheffield will share some of their research ideas in an accessible way including Sheffield Centre for Robotics

Sessions will be accessible, visually led, interactive, always focused on maintaining understanding and connection. We expect the audience to include young people, their families, other researchers and key community members from the creative industries as well as the disability and education sectors.

Twitter: @disabilityuos Registration: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ihuman-this-is-what-it-means-to-be-human-tickets-13002018387

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About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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