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Inclusion In The “Autism World” Means Looking Into All Realities – Not Projecting Stereotypes

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All Autism Profiles Are Different

Every person with Autism has their unique profile, ways of processing, styles of learning, some have metabolic issues, some are not visual thinkers, some have different ways of communicating other than speech that is valid and equal. In other words Autism isn’t “one thing” so no one person can say (including myself) that Autism  is one thing and one reality for everybody, it is person specific, profile specific and environmentally specific.

Projecting True & Diverse Realities 

By acknowledging this you break down barriers, stereotypes and assumptions – inclusion is about acknowledging the realities of people and not projecting and feeding stereotypes which ironically excludes and alienates many people as a result. I don’t say “us” and “we” in speeches because it is my profile.

Some people have an Aspie profile others have an Autie profile and some people have a mixture and can relate to both. I have an profile Autie in terms of the mechanics.

People who also have use different forms of communication to get their words out, connect with friends and family have a right have their realities be know and and acknowledged as well as people with Autism and a Learning Disability too the same thing applies in terms of inclusion.

Validation Of Personhoods

I believe that all being said that personhood should be valid part of acknowledgment for people on the spectrum – so that an grow in a balanced manner.

Paul Isaacs 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

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