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What can happen when three young men decide to stop seeing their condition as a limitation and instead see it as a gift? Well, they form the UK’s premier autistic rock band and become famous.

Jack, Luke, and Saul got together in 2010 to make music. All three of them suffer from autism and have had to face different degrees of discrimination because of it. This short film highlights their excitement as they go on tour for the first time.

Jack plays the guitar and is the songwriter. He has Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a condition in which the individual has trouble connecting with other people and has awkward social interactions.

Along with Luke’s diagnosis of high functioning autism (HFA), he also has also been diagnosed with Attention Deficit disorder (ADD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). HFA is a condition in which the individual doesn’t read social cues accurately and might have difficulty making friends. Both Asperger’s and HFA are part of Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD.

Saul plays the drums. When his parents discovered that he had rhythm and actually enjoyed playing, they were delighted. His father describes parenting Saul as having a young child forever.

Even though they might struggle to communicate off the stage, the young men hope that their music will express all the feelings they can’t put into words. Their goal is to impress the crowd during their performance at Autism’s Got Talent.