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Why I Say “I” and not “We” When I’m Talking About Autism Profiles/Fruit Salads (D.Williams)


Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams

Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams


When I speak about Autism and my Profile/Fruit Salad I make a point of saying that is mine and that all people on the spectrum are different they have different –

  1. Developmental Trajectories (genetics, brain injury etc)
  2. Information Processing Issues 
  3. Cluster Syndromes
  4. Some have Metabolic/Auto-Immune Syndromes others don’t
  5. Different Personalities
  6. Environments/Experiences
  7. Learning Styles/Learning Difficulties/Learning Disabilities 




I cannot make points about other people and over generalise that ALL people on the autism spectrum experience the world as me. To me that is rather bizarre – like a non-autistic person saying that ALL non-autistic people act in this way and that is it. 🙂

We are all diverse on the spectrum and off, I often say if you can take pieces of what I have said and relate them to someone then that is cool and also if you don’t that’s fine too. I  like listening to other people on the spectrum – to hear others experiences  as they have vastly different processing issues and Fruit Salads to me and vice versa. That is so important. I don’t know everything about Autism and I will continue to learn through others. 🙂

We can all learn from others. 🙂

Paul Isaacs 2014


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

2 thoughts on “Why I Say “I” and not “We” When I’m Talking About Autism Profiles/Fruit Salads (D.Williams)

  1. Beautifully articulated in this lovely post Paul. Thank you for giving respect and acknolwedgement of and for differing view points.
    Well done.

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