Animated film to raise awareness of autism

Austistica has published the animated film during Autism Awareness Week to help people better understand the condition.

Joe Lepper | 4th Apr 19

An autism research charity has released an online film aimed at helping people better understand the condition.

The film has been released on Youtube by Autistica to coincide with Autism Awareness Week (April 1-7) and as part of the charity’s #UnderstandMore campaign to boost awareness of autism.

The animated film has been developed by autistic people and family members, who wanted to create a video that focused on the talents of those on the autistic spectrum, as well as the day-to-day challenges they face.

This includes a focus on the increased sensory awareness associated with the condition, which can be overwhelming in public places but can enhance other experiences, such as spending time in nature.

“I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out,” said Tom, who sat on the charity’s steering group for the animation.

“I think the sensory overload comes over really well in the Tube scene, it’s quite an uncomfortable watch. We gave the characters big expressive eyebrows – it really enhances the feeling of being stared at and judged – something I often feel.”

Narrated by Holby City actor

The film is narrated by Jules Robertson, an autistic actor who appears in the BBC TV medical drama Holby City.

‘‘It can be really hard being autistic, because the world isn’t built for you,” said Robertson.

“But we have a lot to offer. I’m so lucky my talent for acting is appreciated and that the people around me embrace my differences.

“I wanted to support Autistica because their research is all about understanding our world, so that they can make things better. I hope that people see the film and are a bit more understanding of the wonderfully whacky, original and perplexing world that is autism.”

Autistica Chief Executive, Jon Spiers, added: “We want to challenge people’s view of research, to show that our work is all about people and building longer, healthier, happier lives.

“We want more autistic people to get involved in research and share their experiences, and we want the public to understand more about autistic people’s differences, so they can be more accepting.”