Note – This is from a personal perspective of how autism affects me and my profile.
Brain Damaged and/or brain injury is apart of the reason why I have autism and certain “pieces” of it would not have been there but this is due to circumstance and environment the difficult birth.
The placental abruption and oxygen deprivation that caused and stroke, left-right disorientation, visual perceptual disorders, language processing disorder (aphasia) and issues with internalising and externalising language and other developmental aspects.
A Human-Being – Everyone is Equal
I have no problem with seeing this a part of the issues I face nor do I have an issue with the terminology being used.
In the this world today words sometimes to have to be used as marker and my case this is maker of a clustering of symptoms that I have as a result of brain injury.
As I have stated in the title it just “is” and I am fine with this it doesn’t make me feel any more nor any less. I am “Paul” first (and to be honest always will be) everything else pales in the background of significance.
I have been dealt a set cards and I am going to use them to the best of my abilities. I am not a super-human, I am not the next generation of humanity, nor a super-being, I am not technical, logical or literal or “intellectual”. I am afraid I am just a person.
Autism is Person Centred – It isn’t the Complete Definition of the the Person
I would however I say that I am creative (like art, poetry, wordplay, soundplay, textures, patterns, colours and fashion) and idiosyncratic (I play to the own beat) , mercurial (I listen to my emotions) and solitary (I like moments of my own company).
All the other things are redundant to me in the bigger picture they apart of me they aren’t me.
I am just a person living life and that is really all. People can play with words all they want but sometimes it is better to get real if not for your sake then for others.
Paul Isaacs 2015