Aussie actor Hugo Weaving has fronted a video which is extremely close to his heart. The video, which has been released in collaboration with Sentis, aims to raise awareness of Autism.
Hugo’s nephew Ky has autism and features alongside the actor in this informative piece of film. Approximately one in 100 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the video addresses the struggles children with autism face on a daily basis.
It also highlights how difficult it is for those around them who also face their own battles. Hugo speaks about his sister being shamed when Ky was younger as total strangers would just assume he was an unruly child who needed discipline.
“To onlookers, Ky was just a badly behaved child having a tantrum. The hardest part for Ky’s mum Nicole, wasn’t his behavior, but knowing people were judging her parenting,” the actor says.
“Sometimes, people would even tell her to control her child, and that she was doing it all wrong.”
Hugo hopes the video will break down stereotypes associated with autism and will promote “awareness, understanding and friendship”.
The campaign was launched today in QLD and Hugo joined Ky and his Nicole onstage to speak about their experience and what they hoped to achieve by making the video.
“The reason I got involved was because of family connections,” said the actor. “It’s always wonderful for me to come and spend time with the family so to be involved with something which is to do with family and also which is of great benefit to not only to Ky but anyone living with autism and families dealing with the issues that goes with it is wonderful and something that was very easy to say yes to.”
What a great initiative! Wouldn’t it be amazing if the video was shown in all schools across Australia?