Autism is a part of me not the “whole” of me, I’m not “proud” of my Autism on the basis that “pride” can lead to an elevated ego narcissism etc, I’m “neutral” about my Autism try to look at it Laterally. I use “Autistic” in some contexts (like on my FB page for example and in speeches) but I always point out it doesn’t define.
Happy, positive, easy-going, idiosyncratic, eccentric, obsessive, solitary and helpful and take people as they come. That my personhood NOT my Autism my parents saw “Paul” first but in turn acknowledged the disabilities and abilities within my “Autism Fruit Salad” this is what empowered me.
MY AUTISM- CONDENSED
Gertsmann Syndrome – Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Finger Agnosia, Left-Right Disorientation & Aphasia.
Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome/ Light Sensitivity/Sensory Integration Disorder – Light Sensitive Depth Perception, Headaches, Fatigue – Associated with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia, Visual Fragmentation.
Premie Syndrome – Jaundice, Cerebral Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to brain), Silent Stoke, Brain Injury (Left Hemisphere) Auditory Agnosias, Aphasia, Visual Agnosias, Pain Agnosia, Colour Agnosia, Echolalia, Echopraxia, Echomimia, Speech & Language Delay and other issues such as Oral Apraxia & Visuospatial Dysgnosia & Form Agnosia.
Multiple Complex Developmental Disorder (MCDD) – Depression, Anxiety, Dissociative Issues, Sleep Disorder, Synesthesia, Tic Disorder.
Genetics – Developmental Agnosias – Alexithymia, Social Emotional Agnosia, Dyslexia, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome.
This doesn’t “define me” but does explain my brain connectivity, perceptual disorders, co-conditions, light sensitivity, speech and language and more – This doesn’t define me (My Personhood”) but it does it explain why and how I experience the world.
The importance of selfhood is identity and that is empowering its itself.
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014