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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds SPEAKER 1: It’s difficult for a person to speak to others and to communicate.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds SPEAKER 2: For me, autism is a way to see a life in a different perspective. It is when you have difficulties with expressing yourself and seeing everything in a way that only you can see it and only you understand yourself.

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 seconds SPEAKER 3: A person whose brain functions differently, and I think of a person with autism who might not be that good in– good in social situations or might find it harder to act as what is perceived as normal.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds SPEAKER 4: Well, you are a bit– you can’t think as clearly as others and you are kind of lost in your own mind.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds SPEAKER 5: It’s a mental illness and it’s hard to socially interact with people.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds SPEAKER 6: Seeing the world through a different perspective and to my mind, I think the word autism– I think of ears. I don’t know why.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds SPEAKER 7: Well, usually think of someone smart that doesn’t really get along with a lot of people.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 seconds SPEAKER 8: I think it’s just you act differently than other people and see things differently than most people would.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds SPEAKER 9: I think about geniuses, because autistic people usually specialise in one or two things, like art, physics, or math, so I think about genius.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 seconds SPEAKER 10: You can’t socialise and you can’t understand what people’s emotions are like.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds SPEAKER 11: Someone who’s slightly special, someone who thinks– who can’t think like normal people do, who thinks of stuff different, yeah, who have trouble interacting, like talking to people, as well.

Young people about autism

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