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Autism, Learning Disability & IQ – Seeing Is Not Always Believing – People with Classic Autism & LDs are Intelligent

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How could I have Learning Disability with my Autism?

I have more than just executive functioning problems with following tasks, more than just visual agnosias, auditory processing, language processing, movement disorder and so forth – I struggle with cognitively following tasks losing steps to self care skills such as shaving, washing, bathing, toileting, cooking and new complex information (at least for my brain), I regain these steps with effort much like “colour by numbers” and rote. I’m extremely hyperlexic verbally “covering up” additional cognitive problems with expressive vocabulary that does not reflect what is going on on the inside. However just to because I struggle with these aspects of living doesn’t mean I have got anything offer the world.


Dr Casanova

Dr Casanova

Dr Manuel Casanova’s Review of “Living Through The Haze”

Paul was the product of a premature delivery and was considered a very small baby when born. Some physicians would consider the fact that he is left handed a possible sign of brain damage from his premature delivery. As other autistic individuals, Paul had delayed language acquisition, an atrocious handwriting, and a possible learning deficit. The commonality of all of his signs and symptoms is what both Paul and Donna Williams call a “fruit salad”.

Yes in the context of Learning Deficit Manuel means a Learning Disability – after reading and processing the review I emailed and thanked for discovering this as this was something I was contemplating for long time silently

How come you come you can talk a lot about Autism? Then?

That is because even though my IQ isn’t that “highest” imagine the width is a short line (my IQ) then the depth of knowledge is the length Autism like with Donna Williams is the thing that pieces together cognitively so like an savant with autism (although I’m not a savant) the depth of knowledge is there in one strong area.


Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

My interests are not intellectual. I’m not a techie, a scientist, an engineer, a mathematician or a book worm. I don’t understand fluently documentaries or have the capacity to cohesively follow the workings of intricate political groups. Even writing a shopping list means carrying the empty container down the shop. I’m no Einstein, but I think my views still matter. It’s not for lack of passion or interest either. I’m simply an artist instead.

Copyright Donna Williams

(although in the textbooks IQ is “high” and “low” I would say that it is about what one can do with their life and that is important and it’s about how you use your IQ not how “high” or “low” it is, one with an LD shouldn’t be written off as “unintelligent” or an “intellectual disability” it isn’t true and it is a common misconception that still lingers to today)


I still live in a sensory based world and my interests are sensory based, shiny things, things that sparkle, things that whirl, things that flash, textures, tastes and so forth I’m not logical nor do I have a “technical” mind, far too fragmented for that but what I have done is make use of what I have got, it’s not about how “high” your IQ is it is how you use it, I have met some bright, intelligent, perceptive and engaging people with a diagnosis of a Learning Disability (with and without Autism) maybe we need to challenge the stereotypes around this?




Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 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

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