Scientists are reaching new heights in their exploration of how the disease affects people and their perception of the world around them. Still though, there is much to be discovered about the condition. What we do know is that people who are on the autism spectrum suffer far more from stimuli that don’t seem to bother people without autism. This can include anything from meeting new people to exposure to excessive sounds or sights. Their daily lives become a constant challenge both to them and their loved ones who find it difficult to meet their needs.
In honor of International Autism Awareness Week, the National Autism Council in Britain posted a video that tries to explain what the world feels like from the perspective of a person with autism and how they experience what we consider to be everyday life.
Holly, the main character in the video, is a 12 year old girl suffering from autism and it suddenly becomes palpable just how frustrated and terrified she is every time someone speaks to her or asks her even the simplest question. Her senses are flooded from every sight and sound leading to waves of panic to wash over her at every turn.
Holly, who suffers from autism in real life, says, “Even if just one person sees the movie and understands autism a little bit more, it will be worth it.” The National Autism Foundation in Britain published the video in order to show people that people with autism need a little more patience. “You can’t see autism–all you see is the tantrums and that really isolates people with autism even more,” a foundation representative explained.
The main message that they want to pass on is that people with autism need more time to answer questions and process what people say to them, that it’s crucial that we be as patient as possible, especially when they’re surrounded by lots of people.