In a world where vlogging is the new blogging and snapchat is the new vlogging, we know it can be hard to keep up.
Although whoever said snapchat was all about hauls, bedtime routines and brunch dates is clearly not watching the right people.
Meet Sean. Sean is the nephew of snapchatter James Kavanagh and over the weekend James sat down with the 13-year-old to ask him about what it’s like to have autism - in honour of autism awareness month.
Sean first explained what type of autism he has before going into depth about how it affects his everyday life and those around him.
Beginning with his difficulty with speech at an early age, he then goes on to talk about how loud noises and personal space affect him before giving some tips on how to best interact with people with autism.
"Be understanding. Let them into your activities," he said.
"Always use literal language, never be sarcastic, as some autistic people don’t understand sarcasm or irony.
"Just understand that they’re different and they see the world in their own perspective."
James has since uploaded the interview to his Facebook page and so far it has been shared over 1,000 times, viewed by over 135,000 people and highly praised by parents, friends and family of autistic children.
@JamesKavanagh_ training to be a primary school teacher and your nephew explains autism better than any lecturer I had! What a little hero— Padraig (@Padraig_WMC) April 17, 2016
— Sandra Murphy (@sandramurphy999) April 16, 2016
James also works intensively with UNCIEF and Bare Knuckling Bipolar, Dublin.
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Today I hosted @unicefireland's Youth Summit and a big theme was how important feminism is for BOTH sexes. It effects guys as much as it effects girls; men are taught to hide emotions, shut up and 'man up' about everything. It's no wonder male suicide is so high. It was so refreshing to hear 15/16 year olds speak so passionately about how they reject stereotypical gender roles and how they think it's 'old fashioned' to give girls pink toys and boys blue ones. One group presented their project about how they plan to combat slut shaming in schools. There's a long way to go, obvz, but I am so excited about the next wave of people - they are brillo.
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