PSA Shows Life Through The Eyes Of A Child With Autism, Because A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

"Understand autism, the person, and the change you can make the change."

April is National Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate and bring awareness throughout the month, we will be highlighting positive stories we love about people with autism, as well as the stories of their friends and families.

It is always tough to put yourself in another's shoes, and when thinking about a person with autism, it can be even more difficult to imagine what they are experiencing. 

A little bit of empathy goes a very long way, however, and in an effort to help people better understand what life is like for a child with autism, a powerful PSA by the National Autistic Society called  "Make It Stop.," was released. The video enables viewers to experience what a day is like for Holly, a 12-year-old girl with autism. 




The description of the video reads, "I'm autistic, and sometimes I get too much information. It's as if my brain is too crowded ― and about to explode. But by taking a minute, you can give an autistic person like me the time they need. Understand autism, the person, and the change you can make."

The video is a continuation of the National Autistic Society's "Too Much Information" campaign, which launched last year. The organization wrote on Instagram how the initial campaign was a success, but more needs to be done:

"On Friday, we're launching the second year of our Too Much Information campaign. The campaign has been amazingly successful so far – because so many of you have publicly backed it. But we have a long way to go until everyone understands. This World Autism Awareness Week, we need you to help even more people to get a real understanding of autism and how it affects autistic people. That's why we're starting with a powerful new #film, which helps the viewer to understand what #autism can feel like. And that's pretty important to getting the public to better understand autism. Can you help us make sure that the film makes a big splash ahead of World Autism Awareness Day?" 

Holly explained to The Drum the impact she hopes the video with have. "If just one person sees the film and is more understanding to autistic people, I'll be happy," she said, "Sometimes I get really upset that people do not understand autism. But I hope this campaign will help improve understanding and make other people who are autistic feel more accepted."

Since the video was posted on March 28, it has received over 68,000 views. Plus, the National Autistic Society recently shared an Instagram photo of some of the small changes people are making to help those with autism.



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