This Video Will Give You Autism For Two Minutes — For All the Right Reasons (VIDEO)

Everyone experiences the world differently to some degree or another. Two people can walk into the same coffee shop and have a completely different experience, especially if one of those people happens fall somewhere on the autism spectrum disorder.  A two-minute video on YouTube can give people a glimpse into what it is like for Carly Fleischmann, a young woman who is on the non-verbal end of the autistic spectrum, to visit a coffee shop. This eye-opening video shows her as she is trapped inside her own body without being able to express her own desires to her father and sister.

The video was originally developed as an interactive online experience. You can check it out by visiting carlyscafe.com. Fleischmann became famous after she co-authored the book Carly’s Voice
with her father Arthur Fleishman. The book is about the challenges that come with having autism.

Fleischmann writes on her website:

“My name is Carly Fleischmann and as long as I can remember I’ve been diagnosed with autism.

I am not able to talk out of my mouth, however I have found another way to communicate by spelling on my computer. (and yes that is me typing on the computer by myself)”

She goes on to say that after her story went out she began receiving questions from people all over the world about autism. She writes:

“I think people get a lot of their information from so-called experts but I think what happens is that experts can’t give an explanation to certain questions. How can you explain something you have not lived or if you don’t know what it’s like to have it? If a horse is sick, you don’t ask a fish what’s wrong with the horse. You go right to the horse’s mouth.”

It is amazing to see what it is like to get a glimpse of what life can be like for a person with this degree of autism. Hopefully it will do some good to make the world a little more empathetic to those with autism.

 

 Featured Image Credit: Video Screenshot via YouTube