In the spring of 2016, The National Autistic Society released a video of what a child on the spectrum might experience when walking into a shopping center. The idea was to simulate the experience of sensory overload and help foster compassion and understanding for people with autism.
The British organization is back with another video, this time geared toward helping people understand adults on the spectrum. The setting? A job interview.
There’s scarcely a person out there who actually enjoys going through a job interview. It feels like you’re taking an exam in school…except this one is way worse because only one or two lucky people will pass. But it can be even harder for a person with autism because, in addition to anticipating and answering tricky questions, they have to worry about the social nuances that don’t come naturally to them, as well as sensory input that can be distracting, annoying, or even painful.
The short video portrays those things—what an applicant on the spectrum might see, hear, or even think during a situation that is already inherently stressful.
Are you prepared to get an insiders’ view? Check out the video below.
A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.