The Dark Side of Autism, Full of Hope.
I HOPE experienced psychologists "know" when there is a big change in the frequency of a diagnosis, like autism for example, there might be some real change in the frequency of the condition or it might simply be a popular 'designer thing' or the most popular diagnosis of the time-again autism is pretty popular at the moment. It pretty obvious from inside of autism looking out not many in the field really don't know the autism of time gone by it has so much hope, so much life and so much to offer mankind. Old working figured out autism like ours is the autism that was never understood to begin with and the autism that was glossed over, time and again as the diagnosis standards were broadened too many times. It is the Autism that can't be admitted to today.
It is an unfortunate fact that Rain Man Era has had an ill effect on autism and while on the surface all the new attention to autism is grand and big time, but what is going to happen when Autism is no longer the popular diagnosis or the diagnosis standards are restored to their stricter guidelines? That can't happen a moment too soon and old figured out autism beyond that of Temple Grandin, might indeed have a book mark and the making of a roadmap in to the human mind figured out. It is impossible for ANY expert in autism to know just what it is we do to mimic normal. They have never listened to us or bothered to care. Our thought process has never been in print before and thus that is the major reason why no one in autism circles appreciates our version of normal. Since we perform too well in real life, we certainly can't be admitted to as we unintentionally deflate the modern autism.
As Autism grew and grew and more and more experts gained a foot hold in the field Autism became better defined than ever, better treated than ever before and the ultimate tribute to possibly bad science is an Autism Diet or two. Since diagnosis has become so popular the successful Aspie of my era and those before me seems to have dried up. Today Autism Students seem to do good to read at grade level and get to a group home. Most in our anthropology do much more than that. Our Autism fills in the blanks between the Village Idiot and the Savant. While we were doing our Double Blind autism experiments on our own and also doing stuff that has never been in a psychology text book before Modern Autism was simply in too big of a hurry to make a name for itself. Without Rain Man's curse, autism would have now proven to be the very building blocks of the human mind, the very core of human thought-as it is-it has just turned into one big mess where no one wins. The lower diagnosis standards have proven if nothing else no expert in autism has had a thought like ours. The saddest part of that statement is while our generations absently learned and figured out autism on our own by trial and error, modern Aspies are cursed, treated too special, not given enough discipline and IGNORANTLY they are prevented from experiencing the very factors that we did to figure out autism. Not All that is called progress actually is.
If any expert KNEW anything about autism they would instantly realize all the major mistakes being made in autism education. They might also realize the statement I make that we could teach autism by 6th grade is also very possible. Our un admitted to anthropology had already completed the long hand version of this experiment, condense our experiment and do it in 6 years.
Let's face facts here, MANY psychologists make a lot of money in autism's treatment and some even gain some fame and fortune and still some might really care less if anyone diagnosed is actually properly treated or not. As long as, their weekend is not ruined with a families Autism crisis, they are happy. As they see it they ARE doing the right thing AND doing a good job and in many respects they are but, NOT looking at the entire picture of autism the successful parts, the older parts, the figured out parts of Autism they are in essence wearing rose colored peer reviewed blinders.
While we are being honest I was once hailed as the next Temple Grandin, until I was outed. A BIG factor in Autism IGNORING US ON PURPOSE is the fact MANY (but, by no means all) in our anthropology are also Gay Lesbian Transgendered and Bi Sexual. We all do MORE than Temple wrote about, most of us do a pretty traditional life and many of us were NEVER diagnosed until late in life mostly since we were too old and grew up before Rain Man's curse. The "WHAT " we have done would have been hailed as treated and now realized as the keys to mankind's human mind and indeed we would have explained everything from Stuttering to Einstein to Dyslexia as our thought process explained gives a serious explanation for every deficiency and learning disability of the human mind, providing we were straight we would be heroes. No Matter what we have done or how well we have done it no autism Empire, official or Expert will be bothered with us. Until, lions have historians hunters will be seen as heroes. Rich Shull http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com/