For many people on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities, new experiences can be uncomfortable and sometimes cause anxiety. One of the methods used to overcome this issue is the Social Story, created by Carol Gray in 1990. Also known as visual stories, these are short guides which mix pictures and simple text, rather like a flipbook. You can look through your visual story whenever it suits you, to prepare yourself for the new experience.
This is a great example of a video visual story, produced by the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. The advantage of a video version is that you can really see the details of the building, the staff and the experience itself; you can also watch it whenever and wherever you want if you have a mobile phone or tablet.
Some companies have even produced their own apps to help familiarise visitors with cultural events. The best I’ve yet seen is Show and Tell by Circus Starr. This app includes lots of video footage of the circus tent, the acts and the ringmaster, as well as allowing users to customise their own visual story by adding pictures and text.