Festival Hacks for Autistics || What to bring || Jontje

Festival Hacks for Autistics || What to bring || Jontje


hello people of the internet I’m back because I’ve been to a festival slash
camp slash conference and then I was recovering from that festival slash
camps slash conference I don’t know what to call it because it was like
conference with talks and workshops but then you had to sleep in tents and it
was called a camp and there was like music playing for about 20 hours a day
no lie, 20 hours… and if you think that sounds like hell then you’re not
entirely wrong but I still survived so if you want to know how here’s six and a
half things I took or wish I took to survive this camp slash festival and all
of these are sort of autism and sensory issues specific of course so let’s go!
so the first thing I took which is probably quite obvious is headphones
noise-cancelling headphones specifically although I actually wish I’d taken
multiple ones because during the day and generally when you’re out and about
listening to people or music or whatever you there to do you kind of want to hear
something but then when you want to sleep or you’re overwhelmed or whatever
you don’t really want to hear anything so I would have very much liked to have
another pair of headphones that had more noise cancelling-ness? I don’t know…
for sleeping etc. and then let’s get straight to the half tip um you might
also want to take something to clean the headphones like disinfecting wipes
or whatever works for you maybe even just some
some paper towels um and I didn’t do this and I kind of wish I did because
there was just so much dust it was absolutely awful it was everywhere and
so my headphones got kind of disgusting and which was not great for wearing them
so like like you’re taking a change of clothes basically take something to
clean whatever else you will need to wear on a daily basis also like glasses
hearing aids what whatever else you’re wearing because if it’s not dust it might
be mud or people throwing stuff or whatever and dust is going to be a theme
in this video because my next tip is to take something to cover your mouth and
nose because of dust yes but also because of smell because you will be using
bathrooms that a lot of other people have previously used and this is
probably going to be unpleasant but also especially if you are very sensitive to
smell because you’re in quite a small space with a lot of people and that
tends to mean there will be a lot of different smells and not all of them
will be pleasant so the third and half the tip is sunglasses which if you’re
sensitive to light you will probably be bringing anyway but I’d also suggest
bringing those eye cover things that you sometimes get on planes like masks for
sleeping um because it’s likely that there will be lights and also blinking
lights which even if you’re not that sensitive might be uncomfortable when
you’re trying to sleep and someone actually installed a batch of
blinky Christmas lights right next to my tent and did not shut them down for the
night so, I usually don’t like sleeping masks but wow those were annoying and
while on the topic of sleeping I actually find the material that
sleeping bags are made of really uncomfortable, it feels
weird I don’t want to sleep in that so my hack (hehe, hack) for that is to bring one of
these or just generally to have one of these this is technically hostile
sleeping bag, hostel not hostile it’s not hostile and it’s basically just two
pieces of cotton fabric sewn together that you can kind of stuff together into
a bag and it’s yeah it’s cotton fabric but you
can also get them in other types of fabric and even like really really fancy
ones but of course more expensive and they just you can sh… have that and…
have whatever texture you feel comfortable with and they’re also great
if you have sensory issues with the fabric in hotel beds or in anxiety about
cleanliness in hotels and hostels and whatever, because, well, that’s what
they’re made for so yeah those are great I love them so
at some point you will probably have to eat something and well if you’re lucky
there will be lots of amazing food options but they might not be or you
might not have the energy to try them because trying new foods can be kind of
exhausting and also a risk if you’re already on the verge of overload anyway so my fourth and a half tip is taking some of your same foods or something
that you can easily prepare and you know is safe for you to eat and sometimes
it’s you know it’s even just relaxing to eat some food you’re used to even if you
enjoy trying new foods and it’s just something that’s really nice to have if
you’re getting somewhere that you know will possibly be quite overwhelming
remember you’re trying to have fun there and… at least I
hope you are and that’s also my last, what my last tip is about you’re there to have fun and to have new experiences but sometimes that is sitting in your tent
with a book or a sketch pad or your phone and actually I really liked to
just sit in my tent with the door / tent flap open and just watch what was
happening from there and that’s in my mind not not participating
it’s just participating in a different way and you get a different experience
from sitting in a tent being on your phone then staying at home, being on your phone. it’s still participating even if looks a bit
different and when I was there was there were actually a lot of people who
watched the talks all of the talks were being streamed to the Internet so they
just sat in their tents on their computers and watched all the talks from
there even though they were there so you know um so that’s all the tips I have
for today and I know you may find them helpful do you have any idea what kind
of camp I was on I’d be very interested to know put your guesses down below! let
me recap what I’ve mentioned so far there was dust there was a lot of dust
and loud music there was no dancing and there were blinking lights and LEDs and
stuff and I guess the fact that I was amused to use the word hacking is I think… so put your guess down in the comments I’d be very interested um this is probably going to sound weird I was at the chaos
communication camp which well basically a hacker camp, there’s a lot of hackers
some activists more hackers maybe some engineers and so lots of
internet and technology savvy people and I’m not just trying to brag I was there
though it’s kind of cool um I actually held tiny little talk there,
a very very tiny one but nevertheless I stood on a stage and
people listened which was cool and everybody I’m very proud of that which is
why I’m mentioning it obviously so I sort of held a little introduction on the
concept of neurodiversity and I put the link down below if you’re interested
in that or if you’re just generally interested in hacking and computers
because as I said they stream all of the talks you can watch them they’re great
um so I sort of held a tiny tiny introduction to the concept of
neurodiversity and I’ll put the link down to the video
the livestream not life it’s not no longer life so the stream video down
below if you interest in that or if you’re generally interested in hacking
and computers because as I said they stream most if not all of the talks so
you can watch them all now and all in all it was actually pretty autism
friendly I thought for that kind of it was pretty cool! what was i…
well um actually I wasn’t there the entire time but anyway that’s part of
the experience it’s all part of the experience that’s it for today I hope
you’ve enjoyed this and maybe got some tips if you’re going to a festival or
camp or whatever yourself or maybe even if you’re just going on holiday who
knows um and I will see you next week with a new video
bye

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