Auti-sim lets you experience the horror of sensory overload

Kyle Orland, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), Mar 05, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What is it like to be autistic? Most of us can't experience sensory overload directly, but with a simulation developed during Vancouver's Hacking Health weekend hackathon we can begin to approximate the sensation. As the article relates, "I wasn't really aiming to simulate what hypersensitivity actually is," team lead Taylan Kadayifcioglu (who goes by Taylan Kay) told Ars. "My goal was to elicit the same kind of reaction from a neurotypical person. So the goal was basically to irritate the hell out of your senses." It does that, but responses ion the coments suggest that it comes pretty close to the mark. This makes this sort of program an invaluable teaching and support aid. "So imagine you were trying to help people with an issue like this, but you have no idea what it feels like. I think in that way it's really powerful and helpful."

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