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Published on Oct 29, 2007
Think differently about autism is a campaign for the National Autistic Society to raise awareness of autism. Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition. Without the right support it can have a profound -- sometimes devastating effect on individuals and families. Over half a million people in the UK have autism. Together with their families they make up over two million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. A lack of public understanding of autism means that these people often don't get the support and services they so desperately need. Together we can change this
Our intention with this video clip is to allow people to "see things from my point of view"; to witness the world through the eyes of a person with autism.
By beginning with a sedate commute through a typical English suburb, we show you a world that you are no doubt familiar with. We then show this scene how it may be perceived by a person with autism...It can be a frightening place.
Often, people with autism use certain methods to escape the stress and fear of the world as they see it. Such methods can be to focus on a single object, in this case a watch, or to concentrate their mind on one specific subject in an attempt to close out external intrusions.
As is the case with the elderly fellow passenger on the bus, this singular focus can be interpreted as ignorance, even intentional rudeness. With this video, we are showing that this is not the case. We are showing the difficulties a person with autism has to endure, and how hard they may have to work to overcome such obstacles.