Watch: National Autistic Society launches virtual reality experience

The film aims to give people an insight into what life can be like for those with autism

A new virtual reality film has been launched to highlight what ‘too much information’ can feel like for an autistic person.

Autism TMI Virtual Reality Experience is the latest release from The National Autistic Society's Too Much Information campaign launched in April to increase public understanding of the condition.

The VR follows the charity's film Can you make it to the end? which showed a 10-year-old autistic boy, Alex Marshall, having a crisis in a shopping centre. The video went viral and has now been viewed 60 million times through various platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Upworthy. 

The VR, made with creative agency, Don’t Panic, allows people to go through that experience from Alex’s point of view and highlights the details that can feel overwhelming for autistic people but which many people might not even notice, such as the flickering of lights or the rustling of bags.

The charity has produced an app for people to use with their own phone and Google Cardboard goggles, and also a special pack for schools, including goggles, the app and an accompanying lesson plan, to use as a resource to teach students about autism.

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