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Autism & Mythbusting – Challenging the Stereotypes  

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OVERVIEW

So the post below about why I have Autism and a Learning Disability – What is that all about?  Mythbusting, demystifying and unrevealing the tired old stereotypes that still persist in the Autism world, were negative sometimes even militant memes exist and the “one voice for all” is hailed as king, no one can speak for everyone that is impossible but we can all help each other

DIVERSITY WITHIN THE SPECTRUM – INCLUSION FOR ALL

The spectrum is so vast you have people who speak with their mouth and do or don’t have a Learning Disability you have people who speak and communicate in other ways that do or do not have Learning Disability. 

POSITIVE VOICES ON THE SPECTRUM

I thank people like

Donna Williams

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

 

DONNA WILLIAMS’ WEBSITE

DONNA WILLIAMS’ BLOG

DONNA’S BOOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Edmond

Copyright Sydney & Lisa Edmond

Sydney Edmond Copyright Sydney & Lisa Edmond

 

SYDNEY EDMOND’S WEBSITE

SYDNEY EDMOND’S BOOK

SYDNEY & LISA EDMOND VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jennifer O’Toole

Jennifer O'Toole Copyright Asperkids

Jennifer O’Toole Copyright Asperkids

 

ASPERKIDS WEBSITE

JENNIFER’S BOOKS

ASPERKIDS’S BLOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy Simone

Rudy Simone 2 jpg

 RUDY SIMONE’S WEBSITE

RUDY’S BOOKS

RUDY’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

 

 

 

 

 

 Carly Fleischmann

Carly

Carly Fleischmann Copyright Carly & Arthur Fleischmann

 

CARLY FLEISCHMANN’S  WEBSITE

CARLY FLEISCHMANN’S  BOOK

CARLY’S VOICE TWITTER

 

 

 

 

Peyton Goddard 

Peyton Goddard

Peyton Goddard Copyright Peyton & Dianne Goddard

PEYTON GODDARD’S WEBSITE 

PEYTON GODDARD’S BOOK

PEYTON GODDARD’S BLOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMPOWERMENT

They all have very empowering messages for people with Autism and balance this out with seeing themselves as people with personalities and valued personhoods that they want to seen for but also want others to understand the diversity of Autism and it’s profiles – giving this back in balance is so needed – I am a person with Autism is far more liberating than saying Autistic Person. 

 

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

2 thoughts on “Autism & Mythbusting – Challenging the Stereotypes  

  1. Thank you Paul; 48 yrs old and some of your history sounds quite similar to my own!

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