"My name is Cameron Jarvis and I am on the Autism Spectrum. I was diagnosed when I was 2. Sensory issues are important to me because I have problems in some situations, and I know others do too and it keeps them from going places and enjoying things that people take for granted. Nearly 1 in 5 people worldwide have a disability.
Cameron’s Mobile Sensory Station cameronsmobilesensorystation.org is a natural outgrowth of Cameron Jarvis’s senior high school project – exploring a topic important to her – Sensory Processing Disorder in Large Venues – with the potential to help the community.
Diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum at age two, Cameron, like many on the Spectrum, as well as those with PTSD, dementia and other disabilities, experiences sensory issues with lights, noise and crowds. Those with these sensory issues often refrain from attending and enjoying certain activities like sports events, festivals, and more, creating a feeling of exclusion.
After reading about venues that were sensory inclusive, Cameron connected with the co-founders of the nonprofit KultureCity, which trains the staff of large event venues and certifies the location as sensory inclusive. She presented her project to a number of large venues, including the PNC Arena, NC Zoo, NC State Carter Findley Stadium and the Durham Bulls (DBAP) – now all sensory inclusive.
And while the Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) embraced the idea of a Sensory Room, where people could wait for their flights, away from the airport noise and crowds, a sensory room on site is not an option due to space restraints and security issues. Cameron recognized the need for and is now focusing her efforts on raising funds for a mobile sensory room that can move from place to place in N.C. so everyone can experience all types of events – and no one will feel excluded.