Many people on the Autism Spectrum have Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness) and here are some examples of how I remember people at conferences and people close to me.
I have Prosopagnosia (Faceblindness) and Visual Fragmentation issues Visual agnosias (Object Blindness & Meaning Blindness) as apart of my Autism Fruit and I have no visual memory like fellow Autistic Donna Williams two people let me touch their faces (so I could have a “blueprint” and kinesthetic memory) which was very moving to me because I can “remember/connect” with them through touching them. I do not remember or process faces by looking at them the information is too complicated, so remember when an autistic wants to touch a face they may be face-blind a need to get sense of who you are.
NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY EVENT
I remember people generally by their voice and pick up basic movements also. this is a common feature in people with visual agnosias. I recently meet someone today in a shop and remember them by the “patterns” of their movement and then by their voice. The face however is far to9 fragmented to comprehend.
I asked a lady on Facebook who she is and the context of where we are connected
I remembered another lady on the spectrum by her voice (a common thing people do with Visual agnosias)
I noticed a person’s Lanyard and repeated his name externally (phonics/sounds) (I remembered the name on Facebook) and made the connection.
As I was calm during this event recognised two people by “sensing” this is beyond visual or auditory stimuli or semantic recognition this is “energy” which we all emit that I was picking up this can happen with me too.
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014