'We are all different, and that’s wonderful' says creator of viral autism video

A father from Hertfordshire who spent two years of his spare time creating a video on autism, has won praise from around the world, after his film went viral.

Alex Amelines created the animation for his son’s school, after realising how difficult it was to explain the condition to primary children.

Credit: 'Amazing Things Happen'/Facebook

Within days of posting it online, it had reached a million views. Six months later, it’s been watched more than 50 million times and dubbed into 21 languages.

The video, which is called 'Amazing Things Happen' explains that “people with autism are not ill or broken, they simply have a unique view of the world” and encourages children to accept the differences between people.

More than 4,000 people have commented on the English-language video on Facebook.

And there have even been calls for the video to be shown in all schools.

The Royal College of General Practitioners has also included the animation in their Autistic Spectrum Toolkit for professionals and carers.

Alex has now launched a crowdfunding campaign, to raise funds for the production of a six-part series.

Families with autistic children are being invited to contribute their ideas and experiences for the series.

Watch the video in full below