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Posted On: 11th Nov 2016

Asperger's: Through My Eyes

Luis wants to increase understanding of Asperger's
Luis hopes to become a pilot
Luis plays piano and studies music at college

A young man with Asperger's Syndrome has created a film with Fixers to help people see the world through his eyes and understand him better.

 

Luis John, 22, wants the film to show that despite having the condition - which causes difficulties with social interaction and nonverbal communication - he can still achieve anything he sets his mind to.

 

Shot from his perspective and following a day in his life, the film shows Luis’s actions – from getting up and eating breakfast - to having a flying lesson at EFG Flying School in Biggin Hill.

 

Luis, who lives in Catford, London, says: ‘People can’t tell how different the world is to me, simply by looking at me. That's why I wanted them to see the world through my eyes in the film.

 

‘I want people to understand me, because a lot of people might make assumptions.’

 

Luis – who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of one – is studying music at Croydon College and also works as a baggage handler at Gatwick Airport.

 

 

He says: ‘It can be harder for me to read social situations. I can’t always rely on people’s facial expressions or tone of voice to figure out what they mean.

 

‘I struggle with reading, writing and explaining myself at times.

 

‘I can misunderstand jokes and struggle to keep up with conversations, but it doesn’t stop me from having an active social life.’

 

Luis, who plans to share the film on social media, wants to show that the condition doesn’t have to be a barrier to achieving goals. 

 

He dreams of becoming a professional pilot.

 

He says: ‘I’ve flown before at Rochester Airfield and I have two flying certificates.

 

‘I am dedicated, ambitious and creative. Having Asperger’s hasn’t stopped me from achieving my goals and I’ve faced every challenge I’ve had head on.’

 

This project is supported by L&Q London Housing Association.

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Molly Kersey

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