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Community / Local neurodiversity film to be screened in Mareel

A collage of four images featuring children in different settings: a boy signing in front of a green background, two children playing in a tree, a boy with headphones sitting in a car, and a girl holding a paint palette outside.

A FILM made in Shetland which celebrates and promotes an understanding of neurodiversity is being screened for free at Mareel next weekend.

Embrace will be shown in screen one on Saturday 23 March at 1.15pm – coinciding with Neurodiversity Celebration week.

The young people in Embrace were filmed in various locations in Shetland where they share their stories.

They said they wanted to share their stories and celebrate and promote an understanding of neurodiversity.

A blurb for the well-received film adds: “They remind us that just as we all look different, we all think, learn and experience the world in wonderfully unique ways.”

Neurodiversity is a term used to describe a range of neurological differences including autism, dyspraxia and ADHD.

The production team are all local artists – Keiba Clubb, Jonathon Bulter, Lauren Bulter, Jane Cockayne and Tom Cockayne.

They were supported by Ability Shetland, Shetland Arts and Gary Docherty, consultant learning disabilities nurse NHS Shetland. The project was funded by Culture Collective, a program run by Creative Scotland.

Free tickets for the Mareel screening can be booked here.

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