Amish and Autism
Recently, there has been lots of talk in the Autism Community and puzzled folks that wonder why autism looks and presents so much different from the modern diagnosed populations. Honestly, the Amish autistic's tend to mirror our Autism anthropology almost page per page. I wonder if all the autistic people in Amish Community are not picture thinkers, share the preference to alone, and have the pain tolerance, as well as the keen senses? This picture thinking autism lost its credence about 10 years ago when my book Autism Pre Rain Man Autism was released. Its reaching back in time and connecting with the only some of the modern Autism Populations were it's major drawbacks. In other words it deflated the Rain Man Empire (unintentionally)
The picture based Autistic's tend to be the quieter shy folks and indeed the lower functioning people of autism. Our anthropology span's all of autism and draws a line in the sand (sadly) and that means Rain Man era Professionals have a responsibility to keep autism "pure" and not to admit to our high-functioning populations as if they did they would have to admit they were off a few notches. If we were admitted to, just a few of us "retards" would easily prove the world has missed out on a different type of human thought-that has never been in a text book before. RESEARCH is not programmed to get information from the bottom of the gene pool so no matter how well we think in Pictures or how many times we have walked on Broken Bones or how many times we deify the experts by hiding in plain sight, autism has every right to ignore us.
Rain Man Cursed us all in the "kindest" way and If it were not for Rain Man and the people flocking to the cause in its wake-autism might have been left alone and we still would not be diagnosed until we were in our 20's and 30 and even older. The obscure researchers that Rain Man Forced from the field would have proved by now we Think in Pictures and might have even connected picture thoughts with many learning disabilities. They would have studied all of us with painless injuries and also discovered our keys to real life. If only the term hyper activity disorder had not been trumped by Rain Man. Many Kids in the 1970's were diagnosed with that condition but today that isn't even a buzzword. Still it was an excuse to do a diet or prescribe a pill or to. Mixing old and new Autism types (modern Aspies seem not to think in pictures or have painless injuries) has done nothing more than create a bigger mess and keep a lot more shrinks employed. When autism compares Apples to Apples and Oranges to Oranges the mystery of Autism will quickly vanish and I fear Autism research is indeed aware of that. Mankind and generations of autism families have indeed been cheated. Rich Shull
Author Autism Pre Rain Man Autism, Inventor of the Turing Motor a 70% efficient autistically designed car motor.