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NAS Lambeth/A2ndVoice Workshop – Autism & Education From A Personal Perspective

This workshop is about Autism & Education. Hosted by Venessa Bobb.

Further Information & Reading

Donna Williams Autism Hangout Video

Donna Williams The Fruit Salad Approach

Paul Isaacs 2021


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Why I Say “I” and not “We” When I’m Talking About Autism Profiles/Fruit Salads (D.Williams)

Fruit Salad Analogy Donna Williams

Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams

 

OVERVIEW

When I speak about Autism and my Profile/Fruit Salad I make a point of saying that is mine and that all people on the spectrum are different they have different –

  1. Developmental Trajectories (genetics, brain injury etc)
  2. Information Processing Issues 
  3. Cluster Syndromes
  4. Some have Metabolic/Auto-Immune Syndromes others don’t
  5. Different Personalities
  6. Environments/Experiences
  7. Learning Styles/Learning Difficulties/Learning Disabilities 

 

DONNA WILLIAMS FRUIT SALAD ANALOGY (1995/2005)

CONCLUSION – I CAN’T SPEAK FOR EVERYBODY ON THE SPECTRUM

I cannot make points about other people and over generalise that ALL people on the autism spectrum experience the world as me. To me that is rather bizarre – like a non-autistic person saying that ALL non-autistic people act in this way and that is it. 🙂

We are all diverse on the spectrum and off, I often say if you can take pieces of what I have said and relate them to someone then that is cool and also if you don’t that’s fine too. I  like listening to other people on the spectrum – to hear others experiences  as they have vastly different processing issues and Fruit Salads to me and vice versa. That is so important. I don’t know everything about Autism and I will continue to learn through others. 🙂

We can all learn from others. 🙂

Paul Isaacs 2014