This past weekend we traipsed out to Excel in the middle of East London to attend the Autism Show, put on by the NAS.
We weren't really sure what to expect, but knew that discussion around diet would not be on the table. When we go there, Sue sussed out the seminars (really just 20 minute powerpoint presentations) that she wanted to attend. My role was really to ensure that Emily didn't wander too far off or make too much of a nuisance of herself.
The stands were quite a mixed bag - there were sensory toy vendors, furniture vendors and a LOT of schools. I mean A LOT! Most of them were private and looking to score around £50,000 / year to educate our young. Nice if you have the money I guess.
The main area of the event was the stage area where a number of events were taking place, including Autism’s Got Talent - showcasing the talents of those in the spectrum. Apart from it being crazy loud, it was enjoyable hearing the event from ANYWHERE in the show.
It was a long day, and the seminars I attended didn't tell me anything new, but it was nice to be around like minded people and in a place where we didn't have to explain or apologise for Emily.