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Autism Explored 2019

Buju Architects attended Autism Explored 2019 organised by Civil Service Local North West this year.

It was an event to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of autism. We enjoyed hearing from a wide variety of speakers, all giving a different perspective on autism. 

‘It isn’t a disability but an ability to think differently’.

One of the speakers Mark Palmer from Civil Service spoke about his experience of living with autism and how it affects his day to day life in the office. He said, “When you have met one autistic person, you have met one autistic person. Every single person is different. Talk to autistic people – the best way to learn.” Those who want to learn more can communicate with people with autism via #askingautistics on Twitter. He spoke about how large open plan designs in offices must consider the level of noise, it may be that certain areas need to be separated with barriers or introduce desk separators for those who are autistic. Mari Saeki, from Greater Manchester Autism Consortium, went onto give us an informative overview of activities in Greater Manchester.

Tessa Moreton from Act for Autism held a great session at Autism Explored 2019 explaining to us the neuroscience of autism and the importance of the three ‘hidden’ senses: proprioception, vestibular, and interoception. She discussed an autism myth is that it is a “mental illness,” but it actually is mental distress. It is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Four areas of difference:

  • Interacting
  • Processing
  • Communication
  • Sensory (Experiencing and regulating)

How does it feel to be autistic?

At birth, there is an explosion of synapses.  Brain scans of autistic infants show there is an oversupply of synapses – too much information to be able to understand and respond appropriately. Due to overload, reciprocal communication becomes harder, basic connections are not made to enable the child to relate, interact and react like their peers. “Autism makes things confusing.”

Buju Architects look forward to learning and sharing more about autism in the future!

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