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Climbing To The Top Is Not A Venture In The “Autism World”

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Toddler 1OVERVIEW 

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.

CONCLUSION

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. 😉

Quentin Crisp Female Image

“I am not a dropout..I was never in” – Quentin Crisp 

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

2 thoughts on “Climbing To The Top Is Not A Venture In The “Autism World”

  1. In my humble opinion this is one of the best pieces you have ever written. Continue to lead from “within” Paul…..with no care for the community politics. You’re such a treasure.

    With great respect and admiration for who you are,
    ~Kathleen

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