The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee names key figures on their board including an Adult on the Autism Spectrum such as Ari Ne’eman. As many of you all know Ari’s description speaks for itself. He leads many people with different disabilities to advocate for themselves. Some people who are ignorant may not believe certain people especially Autistics can ever speak for themselves, but the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is here to help Autistics do it. The IACC is heading in the right direction especially by appointing a man who started and continues to fight for Neurodiversity. One man may lead, but it takes a whole group of people to gain acknowledgement and understanding of what the leader is trying to say.
I can not believe how many ignorant people there are in the world who can not comprehend how an Autistic can speak with proper guidance. I have spoken to many people in my adult life who feel I can not be Autistic/on the Spectrum because I speak. The gain people get from early intervention even when Autism was not really known in the past, makes a big difference later in the person’s life. Early intervention helps those people with Autism to be able to function in society and become a contributing member of society. Just look at myself, Temple Grandin, Ari Ne’eman, or some famous people in past and present history who have done well. Sometimes it is more of a tenacious feeling the person may have inside which keeps them going through the roughness of letting their feelings out.
The last thing any one would want is to be placed in an institution or a group home because society feels they are not worth anything until they are cured from their disability. It takes perseverance, guts, and pushing through to show the abilities you (a person with a disability like Autism) may have. Every one has value in this world and succeeds in different ways. Focus on your strengths and the world opens up to you.
Essentially, the guidance a person gets by receiving early intervention skills training as a toddler only helps later in life when the child grows in to adulthood since they will have a strong balanced ego.
As April’s Autism Month ended, May has begun as the beginning to end the ignorance of some Neurotypicals toward Autistic individuals and other disabilities. Are Neurotypicals ready to learn?
Good Luck to every one who has been appointed to the IACC recently. Research can be done, but understanding what people can do is more important. People can do things with proper guidance. The Adults at Adaptations in New York City is just one of the few Neurodiverse groups of people supporting each other to help make friends, self-advocate, and adapt to society. It is important for people to have a strong enough ego to be able to feel good about themselves.
I end with a famous quote about how every one is different:
Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
Tallulah Bankhead (1903 – 1968)
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is planning a Protest against Autism Speaks at the National Mall in Washington D.C. today. I was invited to attend to, but I will keep up updates on how the protest is going. Today is also an Autism Speaks Walk for Autism in Washington D.C. as well. Here is my words to “Autism Speaks.”
Autistic people around the world who are either Autistic Disorder or Asperger Syndrome speak in many different forms. Any parent of individuals with Autism disorders need to have a concrete understanding of their child because individuals with Autism disorders do get older. Speaking as someone on the Autism Spectrum, I know Autism does not need to be cured. There doesn’t need to even be a search for a cause either. Autistic people throughout history and even prehistory has made great strides for humankind.
There needs to be oddities in the world around Neurotypical social people otherwise we would not have what we have today. We would not have technology, we would not have science, and we certainly would not have many other things Neurotypicals benefit from what an Autistic individual has created like some kinds of great music and even art. An Autistic individual can do many things in this world for a social Neurotypical person by forgetting about the social and concentrating solely on the creation we want.
“Autism Speaks” needs to understand what we can do for ourselves and at the same time what Neurotypicals can do for us. Neurotypicals can teach us what is like to fit in with social society, but social society is not everything the world is about. I agree that social learning in society is important, but learning from every one is also important to balance our lives.
Don’t fix this world with only Neurotypical social people in it because this world would be nothing without Autistic individuals. If something goes wrong an Autism Spectrum individual with that interest can fix the problem with ease.
Make a difference “Autism Speaks” by deciding to finally advocate the right things for people along the Autism Spectrum. There are 4.6 billion people in the world today and how many of those people in the population are considered to have some form of Autism. If you take Autism away “Autism Speaks”, then you take away a whole culture of people in the world. Think about whether you would want a boring world or an interesting one…
We need to all understand every body has a purpose in this world especially any one on Autism Spectrum and please Think Positive!
Good Luck ASAN on your Protest in Washington D.C.!
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