Every Neurotypical Person Needs to Hear This Autistic Artist's Poem
A Montreal-based artist who specializes in photorealistic pencil drawings has lately been using short videos as a form of self-expression. The artist, who goes by “Remrov,” has autism, and on Nov. 17 she uploaded a video of herself reading a poem that explains her experience on the spectrum — and what the rest of the world can do to help people with autism.
The piece, called “Neuro-untypical,” starts off as a crash course of sorts. “I wrote a poem about the most important things people should know about people with autism,” Remrov wrote with the clip.
She then explains that many individuals with autism are sensitive to noise and that interactions may be challenging. “The world in small details, that’s how we see,” she says. “The big picture is hard, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s true that we often look away, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t care what you say.”
“[I’m] at a point in my life where I want to pass on everything I have learned and everything that helped me to other people with autism and their families and also educators and everyone else interested in the topic,” Remrov wrote on her Facebook page. “I want to create a bridge between the autistic and neurotypical worlds, and I hope to be a voice to non-verbal people with autism.”
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article used the artist’s full name. The artist has asked to go by “Remrov.”