A statue that informs by showing information on the back of its head is a natural fit for a project in which people are learning, but it’s still not clear how to best do that.
A new interactive statue called The Truth has been developed by students from the University of Oxford and the University College London and is designed to allow them to share information through its front face.
“We wanted to show how information is transmitted,” said the project’s lead designer, Joanne Beattie.
“You can imagine a statue that has a very broad audience that wants to know how to improve the quality of their food, but they can’t talk about it because it would be a huge distraction.”
The project is one of several that the university has been working on to improve information sharing, including its “Pizza” project and “Mildly Offensive” project, both of which were designed to educate people about the dangers of eating fast food.
“It’s not that we’re not interested in the problem of eating more food, or that we don’t care about people with autism,” said Beatti.
“But we don´t want to educate them in the same way that we teach the people who are at risk of eating disorders.”
The Truth was conceived in part to give a new form of information to students who are unable to talk about their lives in the public sphere.
Beatt, who is also the head of the university’s Information Society, said the new project was a response to what she described as “a growing body of research showing how people with learning disabilities and autism don’t like talking about themselves”.
She explained that although there are “quite a few people who do talk about themselves, and it is very much a social experience, for many of them it is impossible to do that without a disability.”
The idea was that by giving people a form of formative social information about themselves that would be accessible to the broader community, we can help people with disabilities feel more connected to the wider world,” she said.
The Truth is a statue of a man who has been shown with a number of different forms of disability, including autism.
He’s the only one of the four characters who has a back face.
His back face is a different colour than his front face, and he is wearing a shirt that shows a large amount of white.
The statue shows information about his history and the type of education he receives, but not much else about his identity or how he feels.
Beat said it was important to understand what a person with learning disability or autism was capable of, because if the person wasn’t aware of that, it would lead them to “think that they don’t have a disability”.
“When they see something that is not a disability, they can be really dismissive of it, and so they can feel really angry.” “
People with autism can be extremely difficult to understand, and there are lots of ways in which they can mis-interpret information,” she explained.
“When they see something that is not a disability, they can be really dismissive of it, and so they can feel really angry.”
But for many people with intellectual disabilities, learning is a struggle.
For many people who can’t read, a disability can be confusing and intimidating, making learning a difficult process.
Bettia said the Truth was a way of helping people understand the difference.
“If they are aware that it is a formative resource, and they are able to interpret it in a way that is inclusive and doesn’t give them the sense of ‘I am not a person’, then they can understand it better,” she added.
Beati said that while it was great to see a project that has been designed to be accessible for people with physical disabilities, there was a “big gap” in the way we teach learning in the UK.
“The way that most people are taught about learning is from the ages of four, five, and six,” she continued.
“And then they are given the idea that the best way to learn is through the arts, or the sciences, or reading and writing.”
Beatt said it wasn’t just about learning through the medium of learning.
“This is really about empowering people with different abilities, and helping them see the world through different perspectives,” she concluded.
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