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Listening & Hearing Everyone’s Views In The Autism”World”

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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.

AUTISM JOURNEYS

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.

Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams

Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams

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. 

PERSONHOODS

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

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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

10 thoughts on “Listening & Hearing Everyone’s Views In The Autism”World”

  1. This is… Brilliant. Permission to reblog?

  2. Reblogged this on My Puzzling Piece: A Glance Into A Puzzling Existance and commented:
    This is a great reminder that different Autism affects each person differently. If you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person!

  3. I think acceptance would lead the way to better care and more efficient assistance. Too many have told me to do this or that with my parenting to ¨change¨ my son. I agree with challenge and coping, but changing a personality that has been present and consistent since birth is a bit too much. Maybe if my family were less focused on remolding him, they could enjoy him more.

  4. Damn straight. I am a parent of a wonderful child they say has autism. It is challenging at times but its a challenging world for all. I am dismayed at the never ending barrage of opinions on autism the whys and what’s. I will pray my son grows up and writes an article like yours. I pray we can all grow up. Glad I saw this I to am filled by hope – hope from your wise words.

    • Dear Kat

      Thank you- I’m glad it’s nice to have hope and to let your young lad grow up to the person he wants to be, happy, content and able to deal with challenges in daily life. 🙂 Kindest regards Paul

  5. Hi Paul
    I use Timeline Therapy as part of the Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coaching service I provide to my clients with autism. You can read more about individuals living with autism using NLp and its benefits here http://copingwithautism.co.uk/nlp.php

  6. Pingback: Neurodiversity – Sometimes Things Have To Be Questioned | Paul Isaacs' Blog

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