The worrying thing for me is the politics of the “Autism World” I didn’t know there would be a hierarchy, sub-groups, militancy, nastiness and bullying. I have to say when I was diagnosed in 2010 I promised many things none of them lived up to these expectations, but that is a good thing you live and learn,
CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN
Some advocates and professionals on and off the autism spectrum want and yearn to be the one with all the answers clambering up the hierarchy not caring, not acknowledging the pain they are causing others along the way as if at the top of the mountain was the “godhead” or “messiah” position. All these bodies climbing, clawing and clambering to the top to be “the one” with all the answers for the parents, the children, the teenagers on and off the spectrum, the thing is this is about them not others.
GOOD FOLKS ARE GOOD FOLKS
There are good honest folk who are professionals on and off the autism spectrum who do work for the simple reason to empower and help others, they want no celebrity status and no admiration – The people they help and empower have right to move on, agree and disagree, find their own path and help elsewhere they are a person not an object that you can use to promote your work that is devaluing, demeaning and manipulative. Do your work for the pure and simple reason of empowerment.
THE FORGOTTEN – PEOPLE WITH AUTISM & LEARNING DISABILITIES
People with Autism and Learning Disabilities (UK Terminology) are far to often forgotten – still deemed “retarded”, “stupid”, “thick”, “slow” and a whole host of unsavory and judgmental terms these are folks that go through special educational and residential systems, these are the people that deserve to have their say in the “Autism World” no one should dismiss a person because their idea of “success” is not fulfilled by another we could all be educated by their voices and experiences.
Lets do some more listening, less projecting, lets acknowledge, not disregard and lets take into account other peoples realities there are some really good folk out there. 🙂
Even in the Autism World I don’t fit. 😉
“I am not a dropout..I was never in” – Quentin Crisp
Paul Isaacs Adult With Autism 2014