(April 25, 2014) -- This week, Mashable came out with an article called "5 Autism Simulations To Help You Experience Sensory Overload." The article explains that many individuals with autism are creating these videos to help our society understand some of the things people with autism experience.
Our very own Dr. Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president and head of medical research, was interviewed by Mashable about these sensory issues. "It is hard to appreciate what it is like to be in the shoes of someone with ASD," said Dr. Wang. "To the extent that these simulations can illustrate how noxious sensory stimulation can be for individuals with ASD, they may help the general population to better understand the difficulty of living with ASD."
See below for three of the video simulations. You can watch the entire list of simulations here.
Note from Mashable: Those with epilepsy or who are prone to seizures should not watch these videos. Viewers should also be prepared for increased volumes, which are intended to simulate the intense auditory simulation associated with ASD.
Sitting in a Coffee Shop
This video highlights autism advocate Carly Fleischmann who is non-verbal and on the autism spectrum. In this video simulation Carly is with her family in a crowded coffee shop and the anxiety that it can lead too.
Walking Down the Street
In this video we see how walking down a sidewalk can differ between someone who is on the autism spectrum and someone who isn't. The video includes things that can cause sensory overload such as different sounds and lights.
Shopping at a Store
This video simulation is an excerpt from the documentary, Inside Autism. In the video someone is shopping at Walmart and is dealing with difficulties with noise levels.