Our second day of interviews with Cora, this time outside for a small conversation at a local coffee shop where she shares more about her daily life. Given the fact that she can talk about her opinions so articulately, it is hard to imagine that Cora, as an autistic person, has difficulties interacting with others at times. But Cora loses her speech when overwhelmed by sensory and emotional overload. On this day, she shows us how she is always prepared for unexpected events and difficulties that might arise in social situations.
Dr. Ikegami mentioned that “although Cora’s wearing of the vest with 22 pockets and all the tools that she keeps inside in order to prevent her from having a breakdown might look like an obsession for neurotypical audiences, it is symbolic for her real autistic experiences. “
“The deeper issue here is that she has hyper-sensitivities in sensory perceptions and emotional reactions, and she also has different ways of understanding the world in terms of the way she perceives time and space.
“Cora’s vest serves like a fighting jacket for her in order to be able to live in society.” said Dr. Ikegami.