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Please Include Everyone On The Autism Spectrum, Listening Is Positive & No One Person Can Speak For Everyone On the Autism Spectrum

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Sensory ExplorerOVERVIEW

I suppose I feel this needs to be said – “what about?”  That is the question I feel compelled to ask it when it comes to the “Autism World”  I feel there needs to be more positive and inclusive opportunities/voices for people with Classic autism with or without a Learning Disability – they deserve to have their say, as do their parents and their loved ones it’s out of fairness? Surely?

THE FORGOTTEN

I write this in fear that these folks are forgotten when they are the people who are in specialist/residential services. These people are warriors believe me and they have to be acknowledged more. I have classic Autism and a Learning Disability but I’m not speaking (and can’t)  for everyone who has this diagnosis. (that would be unfair). 

INCLUSION FOR ALL – LISTENING

I am pointing out that they need a platform to speak/communicate their needs and opinions.  They’re clever, intuitive, intelligent folks with a lot to give and people can learn a lot in the process.  Let their personhood’s shine.  🙂 Let’s listen.

THE PROBLEM WITH GROUP THINK

Don’t be afraid to go against the grain and be “the ol ‘square peg” this I why all people on the spectrum should have their opinions heard, profiles acknowledged (in a balanced manner and fair manner) and personhood recognised first. 🙂 I can only speak about my profile and how Autism is for me I cannot speak for others that would misleading and unfair that is why I don’t say us and we during my presentations, but I and me. If people relate to it excellent if they don’t that is excellent to – I learn from others on the spectrum to because all profiles are diverse and different. 🙂

MILITANCY & BUILDING BRIDGES

Lets strip militancy, bullying and dictatorial behaviors it causes so many problems for people. By having a beautiful mixture of balanced views (in which people can agree and disagree in a healthy manner) from people with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, with and without a Learning Disability, Users of alternate communication, Parents, Professionals, Educational staff it creates positive energy. Everyone has a story to tell. 🙂

TOO MANY POLITICS

Giving all folks on the spectrum a chance is so needed, lets strip all the politics out of it and listen to people’s hearts and experiences from all folks on the spectrum in equal measure – that would be lovely. 🙂

MY STANCE ON AUTISM POLITICS

I have said before that I’m not a a “curist” and I’m not an “ablist” but a “neutral” because I believe everyone has a story to tell without going to unhealthy extremes if we listened with our hearts we would learn about each others experiences.

DON’T BE DEFINED BY AUTISM – BE “YOU”

See someone with Autism as a person not a set of “traits and symptoms” – this isn’t out of militancy that I say this but out of compassion and dignity – everyone is a person so therefore everyone is equal (even if people for what ever reason don’t treat someone with equality) – I’m not “special” because of my Autism nor I’m “unique” I’m just a person living/being the greatest gift is to give someone the dignity of being recognised as a person. I don’t belong to any “club” or “group” because I don’t want to be defined by it – I live my life as free as possible and as diverse as possible. 

Paul Isaacs

Adult with Autism 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

3 thoughts on “Please Include Everyone On The Autism Spectrum, Listening Is Positive & No One Person Can Speak For Everyone On the Autism Spectrum

  1. Hi Paul! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I had a quick question for you & was wondering if you could please email me when you have a free moment. Thanks! I really hope to hear from you soon and appreciate you taking the time. ☺ cvonstjames AT gmail DOT com

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