15th Dec 2015
Talk About Autism
Lauren Gilbert is determined to highlight the difficulties she faces living with autism to encourage others to be more understanding of those with the condition.
The 17-year-old from Pontypool says those with autism can struggle to communicate and wants people to be patient while they try.
‘I find maintaining a conversation very hard and I get severe anxiety in social situations,’ explains Lauren.
‘It can be difficult because I also don’t understand sarcasm or jokes which can make me look boring.
‘Being a teenager, it’s hard not being able to communicate the same as others because it means I don’t have friends to go out and socialise with.
‘I’ve been bullied most of my life because others don’t understand why I can’t speak in front of everyone or why I can’t play games.
‘I wish people knew how difficult it is and how they could help someone with autism if they knew more about it.’
With Fixers, Lauren has helped to create an animated film to show how challenging it can be for people with autism to express themselves.
It offers insight into the condition and explains how others can help those with autism to have their voices heard.
You can watch Lauren’s Fixers film ‘What is Autism? Let's talk about it’ at the top of this page.
‘The film is really good,’ Lauren says.
‘It stands out and gets the message across. I hope it gives people a better understanding of the struggles we face every day.’
Lauren launched her film at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff and received positive feedback from an audience of young people and professionals.
‘The things some might take for granted are struggles for other people,’ she adds.
‘If you know someone with autism, support them and be patient.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.