The charity campaigns to raise awareness for people with autism in an effort to make the world better for autistic people. NAS also provides information, support and pioneering services, and holds a number of campaigns including world autism awareness week as part of its ongoing work.
"This morning I had a fantastic time at the National Autistic Society's launch of their week-long roadshow. I want to encourage as many non-autistic people as possible to experience The National Autistic Society Scotland's installation whilst it is in the North East of Scotland. This experience is likely to be the closest feeling you can get of what it is like to try and cope with your surroundings when you have autism.
"One of the most challenging aspects of trying to help an autistic person is understanding how they see, hear and experience their surroundings. Most of us aren't bothered by background noise or peripheral lights, but for some people on the autistic spectrum it really doesn't take much to trigger a terrifying flood of anxiety and unease in their environment.
"This virtual reality experience is great example of how technology can be used in a positive way to help us understand each other better and respond with compassion to people who may need a bit of extra support."
The tour continues round the North East of Scotland this week:
Monday, March 27 Aberdeen Airport 9-5pm
Tuesday, March 28 Union Square 9-6pm
Wednesday, March 29 Tesco Turriff 9-5pm
Thursday, March 30 Tesco Banchory 9-5pm
Friday, March 31 Aberdeen Train Station 10.30-6.30pm
Saturday, April 1 Inverurie Train Station (AM) Garioch Leisure Centre (PM) 10-1.30pm 2-5pm
Sunday, April 2 Beach Leisure Centre and Linx Ice Arena 9-5pm
The roadshow forms part of Autism Friendly Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, a unique project which aims to increase understanding of autism amongst those living in the North East, support autistic residents to develop social and independent travel skills, and leave a legacy of autism-friendly groups and activities.
For more information on the National Autistic Society visit: www.autism.org.uk