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