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Virtual Reality headset to help islanders understand autism

Credit: Autism Jersey

Shoppers in St Helier are being given the chance to see the world through the eyes of someone with autism, using a virtual reality headset.

Volunteers from Autism Jersey will be on the high street today with the headset which will replicate what the world is like for someone living with autism.

Whilst wearing the headset, the ticking of the clock on the wall is louder or patterns on wallpaper start moving to give people an understanding of how a sensory overload feels.

People who have autism see, hear and feel the world differently. They often find the world around them overwhelming.

By immersing yourself into a virtual perspective of what it’s like to be sensitive to things going on around you, you will get a glimpse into what it can be like to have autism.

– Paul Sullivan, Autism Jersey Chief Operations Officer

Autism Jersey will be in St Helier, from 11am to 3pm today (Friday 13 April).