Call for video clips
Call for video clips
The Loud Hands Project, an initiative of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, is planning a video which looks at the impact of passing and the demand to pass on Autistics who can or are forced to attempt to mask their autistic traits. We are also interested in exploring the impact on autistic people of being told that they don’t “deserve” to qualify for a diagnosis. To that end, this video challenges assumptions about autism and passing, explores what passing is and if it’s even possible, and shares the experiences of autistics who have been compelled to “pass,” asking if extinguishing or masking behavior is the same as undoing autism. The role and value of the autistic community is examined, and we end by assessing the very real human cost of the passing demand as well as pressure to undiagnose autistics, cutting them off from their community and any hope of self understanding or acceptance.
How you can help:
Part of the video will involve assembling a wide variety of brief video and audio clips provided by members of the Autistic community discussing various facets described above. Specifically, interested autistics are asked to film short (10-15 second) clips of themselves answering any of the following questions:
What does Autistic Community mean to you?
Why does Autistic Community matter?
Why is Autistic Community important to you?
How has the Autistic Community impacted your life?
How has having access to the Autistic Community helped you?
What are the benefits of Autistic Community?
What would you lose if you were no longer considered a part of the Autistic Community?
What does it mean to “pass” as nonautistic?
What do you pass as? (Loner, eccentric, twitchy, intellectually disabled, high, stoic, robot, etc.)
How do you pass?
What are your tricks for passing?
What are you passed off as?
What does passing cost you?
Do you ever feel guilty or dishonest for passing? Can you tell us about that?
How does your ability to pass affect your autistic identity?
How does passing affect your self esteem?
Email your clips to email@example.com