Video campaign celebrates the 'different brilliant' of life with autism

A new video campaign has today been launched to celebrate the diversity of people living with autism.

Baz Luhrmann's cinematographer Damian Wyvill is one of many creative talents behind an emotive new 90-second film released online today by Autism Spectrum Australia.

Adrian Ford, CEO of Autism Spectrum Australia, said the video aimed to inject positive language and imagery into the national conversation about autism spectrum disorder.

"So often wonderfully talented, brilliant people with autism spectrum disorder are overlooked by society as being odd, or quirky, or obsessive,” he said.

"With our a "Different Brilliant" campaign, we hope to inspire a wider understanding and respect for how people on the autism spectrum are just like you and me, in many ways, but with their own uniquely brilliant take on the world."

Kylie Ouvrier, whose two autistic boys featured in the film, said she hoped the clip challenged people’s perceptions on the disorder.

"From my perspective there is still quite a lot of ignorance and a lack of understanding out there and that really needs to change," she said.

"I really want to believe that by the time my children are young adults they will be accepted just like anyone else."

The public is encouraged to like and share the a Different Brilliant short film with the hashtag #adifferentbrilliant.

Source: SBS