Propeller

Propeller is a 5 year programme supported by the The National Lottery Community Fund aimed at autistic adults over 25. Propeller offers bespoke digital development programmes, mentoring for digital career needs and monthly social & networking events. Propeller is a new initiative, supporting autistic adults to access and thrive in the digital and creative industries. We are working with WebWorks, an autistic-led initiative that mentors and supports autistic artists, and develops autism-led projects.

Digital Development Programme

We work with participants to develop their digital skills in order to progress further within digital and creative industries. We work closely with individuals to create a bespoke programme of 1:1 workshops to focus on areas of digital skills relevant to their particular requirements. Participants have access to our community of Fellows and wider digital creatives to support and nurture their skills. This can include development and experience of:

  • Programming languages
  • Web design
  • Social media
  • Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Operating systems from Mac to Linux
  • App design
  • Digital design and graphics

We also offer mentoring for participants. We have a team of mentors who support participants through 1:1 sessions where we share pragmatic strategies for autistic adults to understand how to access workplaces and digital careers choices to better suit their needs.

Social Meetups

Our monthly social meetups are made up of autistic people looking to enhance their networks and personal development. The purpose of these sessions are for adults to socialise in a safe environment with people that have common life experiences. The sessions are structured to include their autism journeys and topical issues including:

  • individual autism narratives
  • how to translate autism for neurotypical people
  • pragmatic change for neurotypical organisations
  • how to support other autistic adults
  • how creative technology is used to empower autistic adults
  • links and resources to further support each other
  • celebration of being autistic.

These sessions take place at BOM and remotely to allow access for all participants. There are opportunities for participants to use our quiet spaces, access sessions without using web cams and take time out of sessions. Breaks take place in our autism friendly cafe where stim toys, noise adaptations and soft lighting allow everyone to relax in a safe and comfortable environment.

“I want to say a big thank-you to everyone at BOM who have really helped me to break out of my shell and take big steps into my future. At the beginning, I had no idea I needed the support you gave me, until now. I really am glad you had an impact in my life at this time when I need to move forward. I will be happy to say in the future that BOM was a big part of my success story.”

Propeller Digital Participant

If you are interested in Propeller please get in touch with our Engagement Producer, Chloe Lawson: chloe@bom.org.uk