Well now that April is over i’d like to share some of my thoughts as to why i think the concept of awareness is wrong. the “awareness” campaigns would like you to believe that autism is a tragedy of epic catastrophic proportions but I don’t see it that way. I know a few other autistic people in real life and they are nothing like what gets portrayed in the media, they’re not violent and they just want to be at peace with who they are without all the fear and stigma attached. What i’ve come to realize just by being around them is that we’re all very different but similar at the same time in some respects. The media’s usage of warfare language and fear rhetoric is dehumanizing and objectifies our existence. I”ve also realized that no matter what way one can say it (e,g person with autism or autistic person) is that by using either of these terms nowadays puts the person last in all respects. Finally these “awareness” campaigns are really for other people and don’t really get any real awareness across in any real way.
Hello and welcome to my blog. this is going to seem rather disjointed and all over the place, but let me say first that i am an adult male on the autism spectrum in my late 20s and i had an idea for a blog. Which will not just go into the what’s why’s and wtf’s of being autistic but i’m going to try to describe perceptual differences as well. It’s tricky to put into words exactly how ones perception is different if that is all they ever knew.As for myself i was diagnosed in the early 1990’s and grew up in a time when not very much was known about autism at that time and had to take one day at a time and blunder my way through social interactions and learning of non-verbal cues until i had some basic understanding of how the social world works but it’s still far from complete and i’m learning more every day. I would have liked to know earlier than my mid 20’s that there where high-functioning people like me and that i was not alone. Well that wraps up this introductory post and there will be many more going forward.