Sensory overload

11-year-old Alex Marshall starred in our first film which was viewed by over 56 million people.

Our partnership with The Guardian saw over 400,000 visits and a 26% rise in autism awareness. Over 17,000 people put their mark on our Too Much Information map to show they care about autism. 8,000 people in intu shopping centres across the UK tried our virtual reality film.

Barriers to work

We know that only 16% of autistic people are in full-time employment. As part of our employment campaign, we talked to autistic people and found out they felt that employers don’t see their ability, but rather their autism. We showed this in another film – Could you Stand the Rejection?

Over 29,000 people signed our petition to close the autism employment gap, which we presented to Penny Mordaunt MP, the Minister for Disabilities, at Westminster in March 2017. We continue to lobby behind the scenes to help autistic people to get the jobs they deserve.

Needing extra time

Through the story of schoolgirl Holly, we wanted people to understand that autistic people need extra time to process information.

6.2 million people watched Holly’s film and 8,000 pledged small changes to their behaviour to reduce overload for autistic people. Our additional video 'How many questions can you answer?' put brains to the test and shared what it felt like to get too much information.

Unexpected change

The last film, Diverted, with Saskia Lupin, focused on the impact that unexpected changes can have on autistic people. It was the best received film in terms of reality and relevance to our audience.

The film had over 2.5 million views and impressive press coverage. Our open letter to the Department of Transport, received 10,298 signatures and resulted in a commitment to improve the accessibility of public transport. The Government committed up to £300 million into extending the Access for All programme, making railway stations more accessible. As well as a £2 million passenger awareness campaign to increase disability awareness and reduce hate crime on transport networks.