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Autism: National Autistic Society - Part 2 (Socially awkward)

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Published on Jan 18, 2008

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.

With this video our intention is to highlight the effect autism can have on a persons ability to understand non-literal verbiage, and the subsequent effect this has on the individual's ability to communicate within the boundaries of common social conduct.

Daniel, our young man with autism, is taking his lunch break at work. Strolling through the canteen he is invited to join a table of fellow employees his own age. At the table we witness a conversation common to most of us: a teary-eyed young woman lamenting the loss of yet another boyfriend while her friends politely listen.

Staying within the boundaries of common social conduct, the friends at the table, however bored, make placatory noises to the crying woman's question "why?" Daniel, however, takes her question literally, and takes it upon himself to answer her query.

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