DO 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 Agnosia, Prosopagnosia, Simultanagnosia 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.
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