Powerful Video Lets You Experience Autism From The First Person Perspective

Put yourself in her shoes.

"Everyone has an inner voice. I found a way to let mine out." 

These are the words of Carly Fleischmann, a 19-year-old woman who was diagnosed with autism, oral-motor apraxia and cognitive delay as a child.

She is unable to speak, struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other communication challenges. But that doesn't stop Carly from sharing her story with the world. "Carly's Cafe" is one of the most brilliant ways to get other people to feel what it's like to live with autism.


Carly was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 and was told she will never develop beyond the intellect of a 6-year-old. Instead, she has a superior IQ exceeding 120, types on a computer and has a good sense of humor. 

In 2012, Carly and her father co-authored and published a book "Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism." The video is based on an excerpt from her book and aims to show how, for someone with autism, a simple act like going for a coffee can descend into chaos.

It is also accompanied by an interactive website that mimics the sensory overload and confusion experienced by people with autistic disorder.

For more stories on brave people who challenge our perceptions, please read: Brave Women In Wheelchairs Set Out To Redefine The Beauty Standards For Disabled and A Video Every Girl And Woman Needs To See Right Now.

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