Hugo Weaving Shares  His Personal  Story With Autism

Hollywood star shares his personal Autism story on Gold Coast

From The Matrix to The Lord of the Rings, Hugo Weaving has starred in some true blockbusters, but his latest role in a short film casting a spotlight on Autism could be his most personal to date.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick joined the Australian actor at the Gold Coast University Hospital today to launch “Living with Autism – Ky’s Story”, which centres on one teenager’s experience with the condition.

Mr Weaving narrates the story of 16-year-old Ky, his nephew, and his daily struggles with communication and social interaction typical of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The animation was developed in Queensland by workplace training experts Sentis in collaboration with a number of partners including the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, Autism Queensland, Griffith University Film School, Hotel Lima and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Mr Dick commended the production and all involved, saying he hoped the profile of Ky’s Uncle Hugo would help to boost the popularity of the film he regards as an important health resource.

“This film is a great example of health literacy, which is about making sometimes complex conditions more easily understood, leading to better health outcomes for patients living with these conditions,” he said.

“The cause of Autism may baffle medical science, but that shouldn’t prevent it from forming part of our daily conversation.

“By demystifying Autism, this animation will deliver untold benefits for people like Ky in our community.”

Mr Dick urged Queenslanders to share the film through social media and other channels to ensure Autism remained in the public eye.

Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke welcomed the short film as a great tool for young people with Autism, their families, and the broader community.

“People with Autism can experience difficulty with communication and social interactions, so it’s great to see new resources like this that will help educate and support families and the community,” she said.

“I’m pleased our Government is providing up to $5.9 million to Autism Queensland and the AEIOU Foundation this financial year to provide support and early intervention services for people and children with Autism across the state.”

She said there was also a range of helpful resources and information available on the Queensland Government website about ASD and other disabilities.
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