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By Spalding Today Columnist

As we continue our path to the Education Awards and I get closer to my Guest Speaker role on stage, I wanted to cast your minds back to Past And Present (Autistic Lincs, Lincs Free Press, March 13) where I expressed the importance of the autistic community having a voice and how historically we have not always had the opportunities to communicate our stories.

This history is the foundation of our collective, collaborative and communicative future.

This is the meaning that I paint onto my life's canvas, not just for me now, but for others.

I am quite familiar with being on stages, using them as one of my privileged platforms, but questions arise in my mind surrounding the Education Awards on July 5.

How many of the attendees will be autistic?

How many of you will bring your autistic connections to the Education Awards?

If you did not plan on coming as an autistic person or you do not think your autistic connections will 'cope' with the Awards, I can totally understand and this is not about blaming or shaming anyone for their decisions. But I think it is worthwhile to consider how integrated we are before, during and AFTER the awards.

I believe that we should be thinking outside of our box and not preach to a choir that is already singing from the same hymn sheet.

In Past And Present, I conveyed the idea of an 'orchestra of voices' but this orchestra cannot be sustained without a new audience to hear it.

This is why we need to amplify the messages that those within the education sector may already know and share as much as possible.

We have to get out of our schools and into the wider community as much as possible.

One possibility for how to achieve this could be having a radio show dedicated to our education sector and this would be useful because then we would have another channel through which to talk our audience; the world. Let me know what you think of this idea in next week's letters or contact me at the links I will provide below!

Other possibilities to achieve our aims of education and applying this education could be through market stalls, art exhibitions and conferences! Not to mention there is, at the time of writing, a shop space on Winsover Road that could be transformed in some way to serve our community.

The world is our stage and the Education Awards on July 5 at the South Holland Centre is our time to shine spotlights on successes, capture moments and create sustainable, tangible impact for all.

Lights, Camera, Action.

l For more information on myself, my projects, to ask me a question or just to connect, check out callumbrazzo.com

Alternatively add me on Facebook by searching 'callum brazzo,' email me at 'cabasidlio619@hotmail.com' or call me on 07528 810 172.

Until next Tuesday!


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