What I learned is Autism in terms of profiles isn’t one thing it a clustering of many separate conditions and syndromes that then start creating a profile which is then called Autism – not one thing within an Autism profile can be called “the autism” or “that’s autistic” it is a clustering of many different conditions that would give validity to that. Identity and personhood will also have an impact on presentation (an autism personality or a non-autism personality) which leads to environment and where that person lives which leads to mood disorders and potentially untreated mental health issues.
Some people have a profile which to do with the brain, others have profile which to do with metabolic disorders others have a mixture, some are visual thinkers but some clearly aren’t, not all people on the spectrum are logical or literal, Autism and Asperger’s are presented as the same thing even though they are profile wise very different. So what is Autism? It will always be personal to that individual not one person on the spectrum can speak for all realities on the spectrum it’s far more complex for someone to do that. Let’s break down barriers and stereotypes and create empowerment. 🙂
Paul Isaacs 2014