As a fully qualified teacher, I’ve had the priviledge of running workshops for adults with mild/moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities for over 15 years.

I have initiated and led animation workshops for over 8 years using tablets and basic video editing software, green screens and lots of music and sound effects.

Participants work individually or in pairs/groups to create storyboards that explore and interpret the world around them, their relationships with families and friends, the news, issues around their vulnerability and disabilities, their creative re-writing of well known fairy stories, their drawings, cut outs, use of objects and ideas.

I feel privileged that the participants feel confident to share their powerful, personal stories with the group, and together we show each other respect and have a lot of laughs.

The videos show examples of participants’ work on projects that include Animate Me and Star for a night, dreams come true…

Adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (ALDD) create animation from their own ideas and thought provoking group discussions as a collaborative group, at Croydon's Adult Learning and Training Centre (CALAT), 2014.
Music includes excerpts from ALDD favourites: Kevin MacLeod's Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens and I Need Your Love by Ellie Goulding
Tutor and Video Production: Sophie Standford

Adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities have worked together to interpret fairy tales in their own ways making drawings, using fuzzy felt and animating onto tablets, in 2015.
They have chosen their favourite music, all purchased on CDs, none used in their full entirety, and no one made profit from this music at any point during the creation or presentation of this animation work.
Music: Sugar by Maroon 5; Some Nights by FUN; My Angel by Prince Royce; It Takes Two by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston; My Guy by Mary Wells/ Motown; The Sun Will Rise by Kelly Klarkson; Something I Need by Ben Haenow; Marry You by Bruno Mar; Long Ago by Carpenters
Close to You Carpenters; Happy by Pharrell Williams; The Simpsons Theme by Danny Elfman/The Hollywood Primetime Orchestra.