Good morning, everybody. Happy 2nd of April It probably is not the 2nd of April for you anymore, but it is for me and that means that it’s World Autism Awareness Day so happy World Autism Awareness Day. I hope you had good fun, whatever you did on World Autism Awareness Day, but today I am vlogging. I’m going to an event in Cardiff today to celebrate all things autism. I have no idea what to expect. I normally have like a rough idea of what I’m going into or I’ve been to the event before or I know who’s running it, I know people who are there. I don’t have any of that today. I don’t really know what’s gonna be happening, I know it’s some kind of exhibition so there’s gonna be lots of stalls, but I don’t know if it’s gonna be like anything interactive I don’t know if there’s anything that you can buy. I don’t know if there’s like lectures and seminars going on. I would believe so…? I don’t really know the organisation that run it. It’s run by AP Cymru which is a charity that we have in South Wales I don’t really know them very well so it’d be nice to get to see some of their work and I don’t have anyone who’s coming with me so I’m going into this a little bit blind, but that’s okay, push yourself out of your comfort zone it’s World Autism Awareness Day let’s, let’s celebrate everything autism related whilst also pushing my autism to the limits. So it’s about what time is it? 9 o’clock. I have got up, I’m dressed in my wired differently t-shirt. Yeah, I’m gonna get some food before I go just ah, can you tell my brain is really scatty I just don’t know what to expect today. (gentle music) So I have arrived at the Hadyn Elis building of the Cardiff University, shall we go inside and take a look? (music) So this is the lovely Karen and Donna who are lovely brains and beauty behind all of the work at AP Cymru. So what have we got going on today? What is the point of today’s event? What do you want to get out of it? There’s so much we want to get out of today. Obviously today is World Autism Awareness Day April the second (Katy) Woohoo! I know! So we’re celebrating World Autism Awareness Day, but we’re also raising acceptance of autism across everything so we’ve been extremely lucky to have lots of people supporting us today from Sensory Spectacle, to the whole of the university networks right the way through to the interior architects so there’s a lot of different people who have come together today to make this possible. It’s about starting the conversation as well. What is autism? How does it affect people? What can we do to help autistic people, individuals and create understanding? I think lots of us raise awareness which is brilliant but it’s about acceptance and understanding as well.
(Katy) Brilliant So if people want to find you AP Cymru, where can they go to find you? Our website is www.apcymru.org.uk (Katy) and I will leave it in the description box down below Thank you ladies! I got a little autistic pin! Ah! Thank you Karen for giving that to me this is an awesome pin, it’s from a lovely lady called Beth DoodleBeth. I’m gonna leave her Twitter in the description box I love following Beth on Twitter her art is incredible autistic lady, it literally, go and follow her for some laughs, for some amazing artwork and yeah, I love her pin. Oh, I’m gonna wear that all the time now. I’m just in the quiet room you wouldn’t believe me because I’m being so loud, but there’s no one in here, okay, so we’re good. We’ve got a dark den in here as well, which is you know, really dark. No sh*t it’s really dark like a dark den. I’ve never actually been in one of those before I’ve never been in a dark den and I’m really tempted but I think I might be too big. You know these things, I always think are they children because of the size of them. I might have to squeeze in at some point. We’ll see. I’ve lost my program as well. Gotta go find my program. See, getting too distracted by everything. I put things down, I pick things up. Too much going on. (gentle acoustic guitar music) …which is this here because the way it works the technology is a beam that comes down from here, hits the floor (Katy) and then creates this To create the movement (Katy) Yeah, brilliant, and you found that it’s beneficial for a lot of autistic people to encourage movement? Absolutely, movement, coordination and because when you get it high enough the scale’s big, so actually the movement range is big. You can have probably up to about ten to twelve children playing here all at once then it becomes an amazing tool but they don’t see it as a tool because it’s fun (Katy) Yes, and if people want to find you where can they find you? They can find us at our website which is www.joinbeam.com Thats J-O-I-N-B-E-A-M dot com (Katy) Brilliant And yeah we’re there, we’re ready for people to come and collect and have fun So I’m back in the quiet room, don’t worry there’s no one in here. I’m not being loud and annoying in a quiet room no one’s here, it’s empty Oh someone’s messaging me. I’ve taken off my jumper now because it is hot hot today. I am sweating. I’ve still got my little pin on because I couldn’t, couldn’t leave that on my jumper. So yeah, I’m just taking five. It is quite busy I didn’t think it was gonna be as busy as it is and it’s quite a small event in terms of like size and area but it’s nice that we can sort of step away there’s a cafe as well, which I’m probably going to grab some lunch in soon. Just thought I would check in with you guys because I know that these vlogs can sometimes be a little bit overwhelming for you guys. I try my best to make them as sensory okay as possible but the whole experience really is is quite overwhelming. I can do it in short short sharp bursts like, I’ll go into the event, I’ll come out and sit here I’ll go back into the event, I’ll come out and sit here but when I’m editing I probably like miss out all of the the downtime and the gaps because I want you guys to see all of the amazing things that are happening and the amazing products and people so we’ll take a breather for now. This will be a nice little breather, everybody Have a nice little sensory break. None of this video is sponsored by the way, I’m not sponsored by AP Cymru I’m not sponsored by Cardiff University. I’m not sponsored by any of the products or brands that I am showing today not getting paid at all to be here I’m just I wanted to come to this event because it was a cool event that was happening in Cardiff. So why not? But basically Cardiff University is working very closely with AP Cymru on this event hence the reason why it’s in the university building or one of them and they have a stand here and I picked up this flyer because I was like so pleased that this is happening and it’s a discovery summer school hopefully that’s focusing there we go, which is run by Cardiff University and it’s for 14 to 19 year olds with an autism spectrum condition and it’s a it’s like a one-day event or like a two day event I guess you could say from Thursday the 11th to Friday the 12th of July and it’s a chance for young students to find out more about uni life and basically experience uni before going to uni and just see what it’s all about. So anyone going along can learn how to manage your budget, meet new people, cook meals in halls of residence, you can stay overnight in a university accommodation and you can explore Cardiff which I just think is incredible like I feel like this is going to help so many young people. I’ll leave the link to the website page for the discovery summer school in the description box because I just thought it was a brilliant project and a brilliant scheme, which I wanted to promote to guys if you’re out there between the ages of 14 and 19 thinking about coming to university maybe in Cardiff or somewhere in the UK and you want to experience it before actually going to university take a look because I will leave a link to the website in the description box yeah, I’m gonna go and see what’s happening in the event and maybe get some food (upbeat music) So I’m with Becky from Sensory Spectacle I am such a huge fan of Sensory Spectacle I’ve been following you on Instagram, Twitter. So can you just explain to everyone really briefly like what you do as an organisation? So I teach about sensory processing difficulties, I create immersive learning environments, I work with people with sensory difficulties they give me their insights and descriptions and then I create immersive training so the sensory classroom, and the sensory dining room training and I just help parents and professionals to understand how might they like to be supported and what can we do to help and generally make life better! So, can you give an example of something that you do? I mean I’ve seen this sort of the mashed potato in the dining room. Can you give like an example? Yes, so the sensory dining room which serves the three-course meal – there’s a tomato soup, there’s a wild mushroom pasta, and then yeah there’s ice cream. So some people say that they get the flavours confused so someone describes savoury things to be sweet and sweet things to be savoury. So the ice cream is giving them that little insight into the unexpectedness of how things might taste. I have disappointed a lot of people. I mean like that is the world of sensory processing really but I can imagine you get a lot of people who might come up to you and be like Why did you do that to me? So if anyone wants to find you, where can they find you online? sensoryspectacle.co.uk I launched some free online training today so you can learn all about the senses you can find that on the website as well, but there’s loads of free videos on YouTube as well. It will be linked in the description box (voice from off camera) I saw your video this morning Oh thank you! We’ve got a fan! (upbeat music) So as you can probably tell I am back home after today’s event and I thought I would just sit in our normal end of vlog spot and chat about it, but I had such a fun time oh, sorry if the lighting’s gonna change the sun is making an appearance for the first time in like ever in Wales but yeah, sorry if that’s gonna get distracting and annoying, but I had such a fun time today at the autism exhibition. It’s just so lovely to go into an event that I like I had no clue what was gonna happen or what it’s gonna be like and to come away feeling like so awesome from it. It was a lovely event Thank you to everyone who helped organise it and who created such a lovely event. Thank you to everyone who was there it’s just so nice, like seriously if you are in this community whether you are autistic, care for someone employ people who are autistic, if you just want to learn a little bit more about this world like going to events it’s probably the like the most amazing way of doing that it is just a way of entering the world in a really safe and warm and comforting environment and as an autistic individual, I just always come away from these events and just feel so valid and I don’t know it’s just honestly, the feeling is like indescribable and there is nothing like it. It’s just amazing. Like I’ve said numerous times in this video, I will be linking everything and everyone that I’ve shown in the description box so if you saw anything that you wanted to know more about or anything that took your fancy or someone who you want to follow everything will be linked in the description box go and check it out. On a completely unrelated note I wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who supported Monday’s video my Are You Autism Aware video which yeah, I was really excited to release, I didn’t think it would get as big of a positive response as it did and it was lovely to see everybody coming together and saying how much the video touched them so I’ll leave a link to it up by here if you haven’t seen it go and check it out it’s only a minute and a half long but yeah, I was really pleased that you guys liked that video. I really enjoyed scripting it and writing it and filming it because there was such a positive response and because it inspired a lot of people to share their own stories and speak up we have actually decided to introduce a t-shirt into the invisible i range with the entire script of that video on in really cool like jazzy fonts and colorful rainbow letters and stuff. I’ll put a little photo by here. It’s available today as of now over on the Weird Triangle website, so I’ll leave a link to that in the description box as well. So I think that is about it for today’s video. I hope you have enjoyed this little vlog Let me know by giving it a big thumbs up and comment down below what did you do to celebrate World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day? Let me know in the comment section, and I hope you’ve had a really really good day, and I will see you soon. Bye guys!