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I Can’t Speak For Everyone On The Autism Spectrum, But I Say What Life Is Like For Me On The Autism Spectrum

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Paul with CamelDO I HAVE THE RIGHT?
As a person with Autism Do I have right to speak for everyone on the spectrum? No I don’t and if I did what right would have? None.

I CANNOT SPEAK FOR EVERYONE –

I never say “we” during speeches/training because that would imply “we’re all the same” and therefore I can speak for all. I say  and if it relates to someone with Autism that is great but if it doesn’t that is equally great.  Everyone is equal I’m a small cog in the big wheel.

MY AUTISM PROFILE IS MY OWN –

My Autism profile is my own and I do not want to give the impression that every person on the spectrum is a carbon copy of me (how wrong is that! I tell you!), for example I’m not overly literal or logical in my thinking or processing. Why? because I have Semantic AgnosiaProsopagnosiaSimultanagnosia and other Visual Agnosias – I have Auditory verbal agnosia and Aphasia so I lose words “expressively and receptively” and also lose visual meaning and STILL live in a sensory based world (despite using expressive language) in a world of pattern, theme and feel Donna Williams) but STILL I would have not right to say that all folks on the spectrum think and process like me because they don’t.

REMEMBER

That a person with Autism has a personhood and personality that is beyond their Autism (you have to take both in account) but think for a minute why we like each other is because of “brain wiring” or is it because we like someone’s personality?

WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM EACH OTHER

I think we can all learn from each other on the autism spectrum (and beyond) about the diversity within autism profiles, personalities, environments and more. 🙂

Paul Isaacs  2014

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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 staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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