According to Holiday Awareness calendars, April Is Autism Awareness Month.
Being aware that differences in thinking and living can co-exist is vital.
However, for most autistic people, the awareness model is too close to the medical model for comfort and safety. As if autism is something that can be, and should be, cured.
Autistics are altruistic. They think deeply, of all the cause, effect, and consequences, before they act or speak. Often, losing track of conversations, and confusing those, who are not autistic.
Pete Warmby’s thread on Sensory Overload: https://twitter.com/commaficionado/status/983043921075941376 This happens anytime I am around more than one or two people I know. Even in places I feel safe, and know everyone there.
More from Pete Warmby on Autism and being more than just aware it exists. People need to accept it and understand how it affects every faucet of a person’t daily life. Every routine, subroutine, waking, eating, sleeping, and organizing. And yet, it’s so much more than just those stereotypes. It is a way of life that searches for meaning in every word spoken, every deed done. This means that everything you do that is out of the routine is being fully analyzed every second. To understand, cause, effect, consequences, and more. This why it can take more than a split second to make decisions. Every facet must be weighed continuously. It can be exhausting to do anything out of the daily routine. https://twitter.com/commaficionado/status/980521548967792640
If you want to follow Pete Warmby, he has a blog with his recent autism posts at: http://petewharmby.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/my-twitter-threads-on-autism-all-in-one.html . He also has a few articles on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lets-be-accepting-of-autism-not-just-aware-of-it_uk_5ac3f055e4b07e4d9bac4a57 and of course, his Twitter account: @commaficionado.
There are dozens of great autism accounts to follow on Twitter. Another of my favorites is on Twitter and Facebook as: The Girl With the Curly Hair @curlyhairedalis. I agree with about 99% of the posts she posts. And by agree, I mean, I feel as if she has taken the words right out of my mouth, and spoken them for me.
Autism, Aspergers, whatever you want to call it. It is normal for me. To think before I speak, or act. To look before I leap. To see the things that others don’t, even with only 10 degrees of vision. To hear the things, that others forget, even with limited hearing. To prefer silence. Alone time. Do the things that matter in life. Without constant speech, sound, or motion. Saying what you mean, and not leaving the listener, or reader, to guess.
I have a few interesting thoughts and connections of autism. For those who understand and work with genetics, it would be a questions for them. So, I’ll not voice it here. Only to say that I see connections between autism and some of my ancestor’s way of life.