July 1, 2015
One of the most frustrating parts of being on the spectrum is that, no matter how hard you try, it is nearly impossible to explain how you see the world. It is different for each person, and trying to put yourself into the shoes of someone that sees everything in such a unique light can be futile.
Well, thankfully, Louis Morel, who has severe Asperger's Syndrome, teamed up with an animator to create a vivid example of how Louis sees the world.
The video uses the versatility of animation to stress each part of Louis’ experience. He explains, and shows, how his life is outside his home. Meeting a new person physically hurts him, since his brain tries to fixate on every minute detail, from the texture of their skin, the color of their eyes, to the way they speak, and it simply isn’t possible. He wants to process and understand each tiny piece, but can’t cope.
The same goes for car rides. He tries to take in every piece of stimulation, and given the rate that it passes, he becomes stressed and experiences terrible pain.
Of course, Louis’ experience is unique to him, so while he isn’t a spokesman for everyone on the spectrum, this look into his world is certainly eye opening for those that have little to no experience with sensory overload.
Hearing Louis’ eloquent and detailed description is eye-opening, and it’s hard not to be charmed by his intelligence and sense of humor, even on the most difficult of topics. We hope to see more of his work in the future!