Same dance floor but a different beat
I went out recently to Bentley’s (bar in Spalding). Some of my readership may recall an old column called ‘Do Your Dance, Chloe’ about masking as well as the rhythm of life as seen on the dancefloor.
Well, there ain’t no dancefloor now, writes autistic author Callum Brazzo.
But life lessons can be learned and absorbed from the current ‘clubbing’ experience.
For one, it’s quieter and I like that.
The sensory and social nightmare of thumping noise, bright lights and strangers constantly being close to you has been put in the back of my mind.
Instead, the forefront of my brain is focused on conversation as well as the people I invite into my booth.
This booking system empowers autistic people to have control over their social arrangements and I think this is hugely positive.
But what if you haven’t made those social connections?
What about dating possibilities?
I had the idea that perhaps pubs and clubs could work with dating websites to tune into local areas and develop a county-based variation of popular dating apps.
So you could go into Ivy Wall and the Ivy Wall would have their own nuanced app in partnership with, say, Plenty Of Fish.
Websites like Plenty Of Fish have the function to search for people nearby but this would be a safe, local version of the same app as a way to meet people.
Use of this app would be perhaps for more timid individuals, perhaps autistic people exclusively.
Bartenders could be contactable through the app by the autistic and otherwise neurodivergent users to aid if necessary with conversational prompts etc, whatever was required either beforehand or during app chats between booths.
What do you think?
Love and solidarity.