Travelling on public transport can be pretty stressful at the best of times.
However, for someone who is autistic, venturing on their everyday commute and facing the unknown can be an incredibly overwhelming experience.
The National Autistic Society has released a video called Diverted that shows a young autistic woman trying to remain calm while on a train surrounded by other people.
The video illustrates how things such as loud noises, flashing lights and accidental knocks with fellow passengers can trigger emotive responses from an autistic individual.
It’s been released as part of the National Autistic Society’s “Too Much Information” campaign to mark World Autism Awareness Week, which is taking place this year from March 26 until April 2.
The person cast in the lead role of the video is Saskia Lupin, a 21-year-old aspiring actor from Brighton.
Lupin is autistic and personally finds travelling on public transport extremely tough.
“I struggle a lot with the unexpected changes that can take place: they make me feel anxious, they make me panic, they make me angry but overall I feel confused, like I can’t do anything and all sense of rationality is lost,” she wrote for the Huffington Post.
Source: World Autism Awareness Week: Video highlights difficulties autistic people face on public transport | DisabledGo News and Blog
This is a question I get fairly often in relation to all the various autism related tags on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. – “Why is the autistic community so upset?”
Because almost all of the media representation of autism comes from people who aren’t even autistic. Autistics ARE speaking. Are YOU listening?
Source: Autistic Outrage – Why is the Autistic Community so upset? : Neurodivergent Rebel
We are often quick to make judgements on what we perceive to be happening when children behave in a way that draws attention – but when a young person with autism is struggling to cope with the world, the last thing they need is our criticism.
These 10 tips reflect our combined experience of research and close engagement with children with autism. And as a proud parent of a boy with autism, I would like everyone to think more about how they respond to children.
Because if we take time to respect and understand people with autism our communities will become more enriching and inclusive for everyone.
1. See me for who I am
Source: The things every child with autism wishes you knew
This is disgraceful and an incident that should never occur, it is abuse of neglect and is a safeguarding issue.
Is there a risk assessment?
From the article it does not state if safeguarding procedures have been implemented. The child is epileptic and as stated in the article could have had a seizure where the child could have died, then it would have been a police matter.
The article also does not say how the child is attending the Frances Wright Nursery while the investigation is proceeding or what the situation is regarding the staff who allowed this incident to occur.
The procedures and quality checks do appear to be well below an acceptable standard.
There should more acceptance of others, for then the world would be a better place.