A Reminder of my stance on Autism Politics – every one has a story to tell and the in a free democracy (and within moral context) should be able to express their views but when it becomes to being militant, political and nasty I don’t want any part of it.
LISTENING TO EVERYONE
We must take into account both stances in a balanced manner (their realities,experiences, thoughts and feelings) which is excellent but not militancy it will get people nowhere it makes others feel alone and “wrong” (for what ever reason) – lets just except both sides and be neutral and open our hearts that both sides have equal validity.
NO SINGLE REPRESENTATIVES
Remember one group of people can not represent all (in any context), one person cannot represent “one condition”, one group cannot be self-righteous but what we can try and do is be accepting.
The Journey to having Autism is diverse, complicated and very real for parents/carers and they have a right to express their reasons for how their child has come to have Autism.
AUTISM & AUTO-IMMUNE ISSUES
Being open to the fact that people some with Autism (including my Father) have compacting health issues which can lead to serious complications, some people have metabolic, collagen, gut and cellular which is APART of their Autism Profile and can in turn have an impact on their communication, sensory integration/processing.
AGNOSIAS. APRAXIAS, APHASIAS & BRAIN INJURY
Autism Processing includes – Agnosias, Apraxias, Aphasias are related to brain injury (just read about these conditions and see for yourself) and and some people’s trajectory to getting “Autism” is through brain injury. (but that is my journey not anybody else’s).
AUTISM & PEOPLE WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY
Some people with Autism have a Learning Disability which is to do with how people cognitively processing information (not a “lack” of something but that is how it is portrayed) – the lack of inclusion for people with Autism and an LD is a personal worry for me as inclusion for all should mean that they have views and opinions too which are equally valid.
DIFFERENT FORMS OF COMMUNICATION
Some people with Autism have others ways of communicating (FC for example) their inner most thoughts, feelings and expressions which are equally valid in way in which they are expressing it and shouldn’t be frowned upon or questioned as it is their way of communicating.
LISTENING TO OTHERS
So lets strip away all the politics from both sides and listen to each other. I live in hope.
Taking a step back from this has be a relief and remember people on the spectrum’s personhood’s never let them forget that.
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014