Films - Surrey Autism Partnership Board

These films feature autistic people describing their views and experiences on a range of issues. They aim to help people to better understand the strengths and needs of autistic people.

The films were developed by Surrey Autism Partnership Board through money provided by the Government's Autism Innovation Fund.

The films feature autistic people describing their views and experiences on the following topics:


Communication and language, particularly features of conversation and nonverbal communication, are more difficult for autistic people.

Social interaction

Many aspects of social understanding are unnatural or confusing for autistic people. Often the effort required for socialising will be significant and draining for them.

Interests and routines

Autistic people often have an increased need for routine and structure. The characteristic detailed intensity of how autistic people think can lead to the development of deep and specific interests.

Sensory differences

Some of the processing difference autistic people can experience include how they process sensory input such as sound, vision, taste, smell, touch, and even special awareness.


Some people are diagnosed in childhood and some much later in adulthood.

Mental Health

Autistic people are often more vulnerable to developing mental health conditions. It is important that mental health staff understand autism in order to avoid inappropriate diagnosis, treatment, or support.

Supporting People

Autistic adults can develop a range of personalised strategies to help them adapt to daily life and manage the demands of a society that is not naturally designed for them.