Sincerity is a wonderful thing and perhaps the greatest equalizer of all things great and small. Sincerity can be everyone's milepost and gauge in how an issue in the public domain is looked at. I question the sincerity of the modern autism empire in general and Dr. Rimland in particular. I have no doubt Autism the Autism he knows and perhaps invented has indeed been noted and approved as he sees it. I agree the politics and the "K' Street lobbyist and the Drug companies have blown things even further out of proportion but no matter where autism came from, there remains a group of Autistic people like me that have completed a double blind autism experiment with a good degree of success that needs accounted for.
This is where I question his sincerity as one would think an honest researcher without an agenda would welcome the chance to actually figure out and get to know people in the spectrum with a successful track record. Our anthropology fills in the blanks between the Savant (Rain Man) and the Village Idiot. Perhaps autism research is really scared our results will really vary too much form their ideal. There is a world of difference between the Rain Man Era Autistic person typically in a group home and a Pre Rain Man Era person typically doing some semblance of a traditional life.
One must also realize no Autistic person in the eyes of many shrinks and "professionals" could ever do what we do but, none of them have ever been there or done what we have done to achieve our version of normal. That was NOT in their Ph.D.course and it is such a different from of human thought there is little chance an autism researcher centuries from now will have figured it out either. No matter where Autism came from our successful handling of the condition is worthy of merit and indeed a few psychology books and education text books yet to be printed. Our thought process has never been in a text book before and indeed might be the building blocks of the human mind. We absently learned Autism on our own by trial and error and with the slimiest of margins and modern autism folks unknowingly had our best chances at success taken from them and it is no wonder they end up in group homes so much more often.
I know no profession based in Ph.D's and today NASCAR racers and Postage Stamps and celebrity concerts and Autism Walks plus an Autism Awareness month that has room for our version of the 'truth' but with a tear in my eye I worry Autism is unintentionally hiding the very secret to mankind's core thought process. While our Anthropology just surfaced literally on the world wide web that idea alone is perhaps a first and also being as we are spread out all over the world we just simply can't walk into an autism convention and present our case. Autism Guru's know that and take hope in the idea we might never find a way to meet in person. Meanwhile, If they never admit to us and steer the ship of Autism in their direction their autism exceptions will be magically met.
I often wonder what the world would be like If Rain Man the move had not made Autism a buzzword? Would the world now be aware of our different kind of human thought process? Would the world be relishing in the last mysteries of the human mind? Would nearly every learning disability be figured out by now? Would Dyslexia and Stuttering have new and better explanations? Would the people suffering from Central Auditory Processing Disorder also be figured out? Would Image Streamers (Group on yahoo) be seen as our traditional working cousins? Alas we might never know as our timing was 'all wrong' we emerged from our double-blind autism experiments only to be greeted by an Autism Empire that invented itself and like any self invented empire it will not admit to anything in is past or future that can be seen as detrimental to is survival. Our Unfiltered Autism from our double-blind experience proves time and again autism is not the modern stuff you might know so very well. Our version of autism would benefit all of autism.
Rich Shull, Author Autism Pre Rain Man Autism, built on Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures (the next steps up from her work) and inventor of The Turing Motor a 70% efficient Green Autistically designed car motor.
A quip from the PBS, BBC show Are You Being Served?
concerning falling sales figures,
Mr Runbold to Mr Grace, " I'm not happy with the falling figures either.
Mr Grace, "ah there is a big differance between me not being happy and you not being happy,. Rumbold , What's that sir?,
Mr Grace ,I own the joint and you could get the chop!
I wonder who owns autism?
Here is the direct quote I found on the Web,
"A message from Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.
Parents: You can make a difference! You MUST make a difference!
Big Pharma has more paid lobbyists in Washington than there are Senators and Representatives. And they have lots of money and lots of influence.
But we have Right on our side, and sincerity, and dedication. We can't let Pharma win – the stakes are high – we must win this battle, for our children and for ourselves.
Make appointments to see your Senators and Representatives. Tell them:
1. We have no faith in the integrity of the CDC and the FDA. They are doing all they can to protect themselves and Big Pharma from the truth – that the autism epidemic is caused by Big Pharma's greed and the failure of the CDC and the FDA to do their jobs.
Big Pharma must not be allowed to evade its financial liability for the damage their vaccines have caused. Like the tobacco companies in the last century, which kept denying the cigarette-lung cancer link, the drug companies are lying – with the help of the CDC and FDA – about the role of vaccines in causing the autism's epidemic. When the lung cancer cases finally got to court, the truth came out. We parents insist on our right to hold the drug companies liable, in court, for the harm they have caused. The matter must be decided fairly in the legal system, and not by loophole riders exonerating the drug companies that have been added to appropriation bills in the dark of night. The drug companies caused the autism epidemic and they, not the parents nor the public, must pay the costs. They are guilty, they are very profitable and can and should be held accountable.
Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.,
DirectorAutism Research Institute"
As reposted from the web, on the blog of Rich Shull
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com