Sarah Dantas, Fund Support Officer, Autism and Learning Disabilities
Sarah is a Latin-American autism researcher who is passionate about meaningful participation and accessibility. She completed her master’s in Autism Research in 2022 and is now a PhD student at the University of Stirling.
Sarah’s work investigates the impact of autistic adults’ experiences of stigma on their mental health and identity. She is also part of the Striving to Transform Autism Research in Scotland Network, which is a collaborative network between autistic and non-autistic researchers in Scotland that aims to bring about change in autistic people’s lives by placing the autistic voice at the center of the research process.
Sarah believes that research and the third sector share the responsibility and the goal of making a real-world impact on autistic lives and should walk hand-in-hand in that mission. Outside of academia and work, Sarah loves traveling, literature, art, and meditation.
The Thrive Outdoors team has today (Monday 12 February 2024) launched a new website to showcase the work of the fund and share resources with the play and outdoor sector. The new site will be a hub for outdoor play champions, offering support, guidance and resources – a one-stop-shop for practitioners, education professionals and childmindersRead More
We kicked off the new year by hosting the first online conference of its kind in Scotland – Infant Mental Health: Babies in Scotland 2024. This event was in partnership with the Scottish Government and was our biggest event yet with 588 people attending on the day. It was incredible to get that manyRead More
The Scottish Government has recently asked for views on their proposed Care Leavers Payment. As Scotland’s national mentoring programme for children and young people with care experience, our Fund Manager Christine was in a unique position to gather valuable insights from the young people this will affect. Here’s what she found out… In myRead More