This VR Video Simulates What It's Like to Live With Autism

Michele Debczak

Some of the most debilitating effects of autism, like sensory overload, are only apparent to the person living with them. To give a better sense of what life is like on the autism spectrum, The National Autistic Society produced a video that uses virtual reality to simulate the experience.

As Fast Company reports, the short film Autism TMI Virtual Reality Experience is viewable through 360-degree YouTube or Google Cardboard VR. The scene unfolds from the perspective of an autistic child waiting for their mom to withdraw money from a mall ATM. Everyday sights and sounds like flickering lights, clicking high heels, and jingling change become increasingly unbearable as the video progresses. You can watch the full two-minute film above.

Empathy is a vital part of raising autism awareness, and the organization Autism Speaks has produced a series of videos simulating what life is like on the autism spectrum. This new video takes the approach one step further by using virtual reality to give viewers a first-hand experience.

[h/t Fast Company]

All images courtesy of The National Autistic Society via YouTube.

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