It’s Autism Awareness Month, and this video from the UK’s National Autistic Society is kicking it off in a big way by putting the viewer in a boy with autism’s shoes.
The video, which is less than 90 seconds, shows a small boy accompanying his mom to a local mall. From his perspective, you can experience the sensory overload he feels when the sights and sounds of the mall—from rustling shopping bags to the glare of a photo booth’s flash—overwhelm him.
I must admit my pulse quickened and I felt the pressure as the sensory overload mounted, and it really made me feel for anyone who struggles with sensory issues in a public setting! This is 90 seconds that may make you feel uncomfortable, but it’s well with it to understand what our friends with autism go through each and every day. The final words of the video “I’m not naughy, I’m autistic”—broke my heart.
Pass on the empathy—share this video on Facebook if you love someone with autism!