A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
When I was born 1986 my parents didn’t have the word “Autism”, my Autism is a complex mix of genetics and early acquired brain injury (which caused me to have additional issues with learning and processing) due to a difficult birth – However during my early years believe it or not despite my issues, bullying etc. I was a happy child my parents didn’t promote/encourage learned helplessness they pushed me when needed. They also saw as “Paul” not a set of symptoms or traits so – As Donna Williams says personhood is important and one should not be defined by their “condition” confusing it as their “personhood” because they are two different things. They were my teachers, language therapists and so much more.
LOVE & STABILITY
Love and stability was in the home (because it wasn’t anywhere else) and that is what they taught me to focus on that my glass was half full not half empty and this stayed with me all through childhood, teenager years to now, through my jobs and through education.
EMPOWERMENT, CLASSIC AUTISM, AUTISM SPECTRUM & PERSONHOOD
To give hope and empowerment is the key (the foundations where set long ago) and yes I do have Classic autism (I relate to Aspies from a far appreciating their contributions to the broader palette of what different presentations of Autism can be). But Autism doesn’t define me. So that is what we can all to give our own perspective to help others and learn from others perspectives to learn more. I can’t speak for everyone but I can contribute just like others too.
Paul Isaacs 2014