Ambitious About Autism: ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’ story

December 10, 2020

The world has turned upside down

Exposure’s autistic author Max Ferreira reviews a new downloadable story based on the coronavirus crisis

Now that we have just come out of a second lockdown, things have been more uncertain and stressful for young autistic people wishing for Covid-19 to be over.

Ambitious about Autism, a nationwide charity that supports young people on the autism spectrum, have created a story based on going into lockdown from March 23rd, 2020. It’s called ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’.

Written by children’s author Kes Gray and illustrated by Chloe Batchelor, ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’ tells a story through the eyes of a young autistic person on how coronavirus has turned the world upside down.

The story highlights the sudden changes to the lives of young people of all ages and their impact. It also includes episodes on topics such as social distancing, supermarkets, running out of stock and even the cancellation of events such as the 2020 Olympics.

Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of Ambitious about Autism, said, “The disruption and uncertainty caused by lockdown has led to extreme anxiety and distress for these young people and their families.”

‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’ is very enjoyable and straightforward for understanding the situation of Covid-19

This means young people with autism can often get upset with changes in their daily routines and surroundings such as going to school. But with support from family and friends, as well as some alternative planning, we can still adapt to a different normal. After all, we are all in this together.

As a young person with autism, I found ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’ very enjoyable and straightforward for understanding the situation of Covid-19. It reminded me of the books written by Roderick Hunt that I used to read when I was a little boy.

I would recommend this story to families who know someone with autism and young people with learning difficulties struggling to cope during these difficult times.

You can download ‘The World Has Turned Upside Down’ from the Ambitious about Autism website and listen to Jon Snow narrating the story in the YouTube video above.

Our thanks to Thrive LDN’s Right To Thrive grant scheme for making this project possible.