World Autism Awareness Week 2018 highlights the growing health crisis globally. Starting from 26 March and leading up to April 2, the World Autism Awareness Week is usually considered as the awareness week of the disorder.
A leading charity in Britain, named the National Autistic Society has released a video on 26 March called Diverted that shows how unexpected changes affect autistic people. The video depicts a 21-year-old aspiring actress from Brighton named Saskia Lupin trying to remain calm while using public transport. The video has been released as a part of “Too Much Information” (TMI) campaign of National Autistic Society.
It expresses impacts of unexpected changes such as loud noises, flashing lights and accidental knock with fellow passengers on an autistic individual.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability and it is difficult to identify specific symptoms as the way it affects an individual is different. There are five core features of autism: anxiety with unexpected changes, meltdowns, processing time, and sensory overload, according to the TMI campaign.
This neurological disorder affects the brain’s functioning, especially affecting children in many countries. The symptoms of the disorder include problems with verbal and non-verbal communication skills, failure in social interaction, repetitive interests, activities, and behavior.
“When we’re uncertain about our own beliefs, such as under volatile conditions, we’re driven more by our senses than our prior expectations,” says Dr. Rebecca Lawson, lead author of the study. “If people with autism are more often expecting volatility, that could help explain their propensity to sensory overload, enhanced perceptual functioning and context insensitivity.”