AUTISM WAS EASY!
Long time readers and supporters of our Anthropology, know the trouble we have faced over the years trying to get Autism to admit to us. We Are NOT on this "kamikaze" battle for our own interests and we are not chipping away at the foundations of Autism in spite, we don't hold malice toward the current 'Autism Empire'. But, we do have a WONDERFUL LIVING ANTHROPOLOGY of people that HAVE FIGURED OUT AUTISM. Note, we did not cure Autism, we would never want to, we just figured out our 'gift' and use it everyday, just like every one on the Autism could if they had "eductions" like ours. All of Autism needs accounted for not just the stuff that make the status quoe happy. It just so happens our long term "study" isn't exactly what people in the field are wanting to hear about. We can't change our facts and the Quality aspect of our Anthropology but, Autism can see to fit to ignore us like they have been doing for years now.
HELP 20/20? ( American TV News Show)
On 2-22-05 20/20 aired a wonderful segment on "Myth Busting" and they asked questions and got logical answers to questions, Like, 'Was Drinking 8 Glasses Of water a day really good for you?' 'Was drinking expensive coffee any better than cheaper brands?" 'Did Sugar really give you a sugar high?'
They found the sugar high was mostly false, a CHEAP Brand of INSTANT Coffee tasted the 'best,' and drinking all that water had no clear cut benefit. I wonder we could use the power and resources of 20/20 to bust a few myths on Autism? Alas, I'm not sure if even their producers and researchers and reporters could survive the backlash of the Autism Lobby once it did a piece on us. ABC news might survive, but on a more personal level we are on the wrong side of the Autism Time line. The invented Autism of recent times forgot us.
OUR OWN STUDY,
The following 4 year old "STUDY" are answers from Poll questions from our Anthropology's poll. Since then we have found and added 60-70 more members to our group. Please Remember ALL small studies have inherent troubles and even one answer can skew the entire picture. Take heart that most of us are LONG TERM in society real Aspies and we are from all over the world and the majority of us have never met in person but share the same autism and autism experiences. Just think IF a legitimate Study were ever done on us?
1) How Old Are You?
15-20 2 votes 7.14% ,
20-25 4 votes 14.29%,
25-30 4 votes 14.29%,
30-35, 5 votes, 17.86%
35-40, 7 votes 25.00%
45-50 4 votes 13.29%
50-55 2 votes, 7.14%
55 Plus 0 votes
15 or less 0 votes Today Years, later we have 70-80 year olds in our group.
2) Did being Gay Bisexual, Lesbian Transgendered act as social skills training growing up?
YES, Positive experience really helped, 6 votes 25.00%
Yes, somewhat helpful , 3 votes 12.50%
I Didn't come out in school enough to help, 4 votes 16.67%
No feelings on the idea , 4 votes 16.67%
NO Gay issues really held me back , 7 votes 29.17%
3) What is the biggest Trigger for overload? (generally applies to proficient picture thinkers)
TOO much Noise 24 votes 20.51%
Too much to think about 15 votes 12.2%
distractions from others 13 votes 11.11%
Picture thoughts already in progress 2 votes 1.71%
figuring out words to be spoken 8 votes 6.84%
deciding what type of picture thought to use 3 votes 2.56%
Several people trying to talk all at once 17 votes 14.53%
Finding and discovering the word to speak to others 5 votes 4.27%
new Environment 7 votes 9.40%
meeting new people 11 votes, 9.40%
Other factors 12 votes 10.26%
4) Do you drive, or have you driven in your life time? (Note we are from all over the world and some cultures are not dependent on the car like American's are. )
yes , 12 votes 28.75%
no 7 votes 16.67%
I have been Driving from A young age 12 votes 28.57%
I would like to learn to drive 4 votes 9.52%
I drive mostly in the country 2 votes 4.76%
I drive mostly in Town 4 votes 9.52%
I have no need to drive 1 votes 2.38%
5) Do you think your Optic nerve is turned off and on and the brain replaces the image with picture thought?
Yes 3 votes 27.27%
No 4 votes 36.36%
Don't Know 4 votes 36.36%
6) How old were you when you were diagnosed?
Young in grade school 2 votes 9.09%
During School 1 vote 4.55%
Out of School 19 Votes 86.36%
7) Were you self Diagnosed? Like after hearing or reading of Temple's Thinking in Pictures, or similar Autism experience or Reading?
Yes 16 votes 64.00%
No 9 votes 36.00%
8) How do you Identify your self?
Lesbian 5 votes 16.13%
Gay 16 votes 51.61%
Bi sexual 4 votes 12.90%
Transgendered 2 votes 6.45% (Note there are large several groups dedicated TG and autism)
Straight but not narrow 1 vote 3.23%
Not Sure 3 votes 9.68%
9) Are you Right or Left handed?
South paw, 5 votes 19.23%
Right handed 18 Votes 69.23%
Use both hands equally 11.54%
10) Are you sleep dreams definitely separate from Autistic Thought?
yes 7 votes 43.75%
no 2 votes 12.50%
Possibly, not sure 7 votes 43.75%
11) What is most common type of Picture thoughts? (Check your top 3 answers)
Small simple glimpse 6 votes 14.29%
definite picture of an object 3 votes 7.14%
A still picture of something 4 votes 9.52%
A motion picture 8 votes 19.05%
A picture in Picture Thought? 2 votes 4.76%
An Engineer type drawing 3 votes 7.14%
3 dimensional 5 votes 11.90%
Day Dreams that "Talk" 5 votes 11.90%
Other variations 6 votes 14.29%
12) If you have picture thought, is it common through out the day?
Yes, 8 votes 66.67%
no 4 votes 33.33%
13) Have you learned to control your picture thoughts or turn them off and on?
Yes, all the time 2 votes 15.38%
Yes I can control them some times 3 votes 23.08%
No They just happen 4 votes 30.77%
Maybe I can control them at times 4 votes 30.77%
14) Do you have Picture Thought?
yes 11 votes 52.38%
no 3 votes 14.29%
Maybe 7 votes 33.33%
As we have grown over the years our age range now includes 70-80 something's. We now seem to have more younger people that were diagnosed in school. Generally, the younger folks don't do life like we do, few of them drive or hold traditional jobs. We seem to have lots of obvious to us Aspies (takes one to know one) that like many of us learn of Autism late in life and like realize we did something special in life. Most Psychologists (especially SSDI in America) will not give a DX as we do too much typically. (according to them). We find quite a few times even today people miss the Autism DX. When all is said and done the Transgendered who have handled Autism the best of ANY aspie population will give autism it's best insight.