This makes me unbearably sad. Please pay attention to discomfort and fear. Force is NOT OK.
Special Neeeds arent. I love this post.
Thanks to the internet, we are able to learn SO much more about the experiences of people on all parts of the autism spectrum. Autistic adults are blogging, autistic teens are blogging, parents of autistic kids are helping their children blog about their experiences. They have Facebook pages where they share their insights, challenges, fears, thoughts, needs.
This post is an amazing summary of the challenges and frustrations autistic people face, much of which we neurotypicals need to take ownership of in order to change things for the better.
In order to understand autism – REALLY understand autism – we MUST include autistic people in the discussion. We can guess, postulate, suppose, theorize, etc., all day long, but we will not really KNOW what it is about until we neurotypicals stop thinking we know everything and ASK AUTISTIC PEOPLE. They are not “less than”, regardless of how they communicate. They have a lot to offer, and we have a lot to learn.
Recently I joined several autism related groups on LinkedIn, and the number of professionals in the autism world who are sharing their knowledge, and actively seeking to learn more, is inspiring. I’ve participated in several discussions where autistic adult professionals have shared their experience, perspectives, challenges, etc., and the reception they receive from those “in the field” is generally one of “tell me more!” Continue reading
This post is so great on so many levels. The lack of judgement of a particular stim/behavior, the willingness to meet the autistic person in their “territory”, the gentleness.
Facebook’s Autism Discussion Page is an excellent resource, full of insightful information for parents and those who know/love someone with autism.
The title says it all. Awareness is a step, it’s not a destination.
This is such a moving post. Communication is hard – it’s not easy for NT’s, but it’s that much harder when you’re on the autism spectrum. Explaining away a person’s experience/feelings, etc., is disrespectful, hurtful. We need to think before we speak, and more importantly – we need to LISTEN.
A work friend just said, “Wow, you’re kind of an authority on autism, huh?”
“No,” I answered, “my daughter is. I’m just a vocal observer.”
Diary of a Mom – facebook page