Its Autism Season!
I guess it is bound to happen once a year. Something like death and taxes, April is Autism Awareness month, the time of year when even more Autism Ribbons and postage stamps are sold. In this day and age of 'cursed autism' and diets galore I suspect autism is not all that willing to let its Empire be tarnished with the nagging truth of its older populations. While the new modern invented Autism rarely if ever resembles the old working autism of time gone by: it seems pretty obvious the only Autism that was never understood is now the VERY same Autism people all over the spectrum have been looking for.
Sadly, the invented autism of today assumes Autism is a version of traditional thoughts and common is as common does. By that I mean the people from all over the spectrum looking for a "cure" to autism or even a definition or a cause of autism don't even have the right point of view to even have a clue to it, let alone figure it out. We can talk politics and point finger all day long but the facts remain if our old autism populations were documented and our double-blind experience were accounted for most of all modern Autism would be proven different. Might doesn't make right but, it does make for a good show and Autism Parents and autistic kids are in for a bumpy ride. Autism is just as much in showbusiness, as it is, figuring out the condition. I 'm sure many a "great" ignorant researcher either knowingly or unknowingly had made or is wanting to make a career out of researching autism. As long as there is a "pretty poster child" and a media dragon pushing a telethon perhaps Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down's syndrome, MS, CAPD, and many other things will be held up at "pen" point as research spins it wheels and pats itself on the back with case after case of peer review, one-up-man-ship. Honestly folks, peer review is like simply asking Fideo (your pet dog) if he likes you. The tail wags and you get a wet sloppy kiss; even if you don't deserve it.
Autism only parades its favorite people in front of the "cameras' for the dog and pony show' as those poor chaps seem to fit the mold Autism has created for them. Heaven forbid we think and reason and do something close to a traditional life; those ideals would sink the ship. I know Autism on the surface is doing a great job, but, I also know from the inside looking out and thinking with a never in print before thought process Autism will never find its 'cure' unless it admits to our working successful often older populations that did the double-blind Autism Experiment. Our exposure would be the worst thing to ever happen to autism: but, the best thing to ever happen to mankind! Autism will not admit to us, or find us, or even look for us as they know very well, Autism was invented with the advent of Rain Man. Why is it Autism has only boomed since Rain Man the movie opened the flood gates? If they applied the oldest strictest definitions of autism, that our older population meets to modern autism many would not be autistic. The oldest populations of autism have figured out a unique form of human life and thinking never in print before and mixing the old and new autism and treating both as 'stupid retards' has in effect made a wish and cast a spell that assures most modern aspies are destined for a group home.
If Rain Man were about Hyper Activity Disorder a popular buzzword in Psychology circles in the later 1970' perhaps many of the autistic of today would be labeled hyper active and not autistic. Researchers would not be flocking to autism but rather Hyper Activity disorder. It would be "the" dreadful condition on the rise in epidemic proportions, and the postage stamps and the diets and the celebrity charity events would be pushing hyper activity disorder and not autism. The results are basically the same, a group of underperforming 'differently able, mis understood children, would be named hyper active and they to would be on pills and diets and sent to a special education school only to end up in a group home.
Please take a moment to read over the posts on Alan Turing on this blog and see for yourself how old autism absently worked, and worked well. Alan, like many of us was lucky enough to bridge the gap between the savant and an idiot. If Savant's are Autism's gold standard and the object of the great movie Rain Man ,why is it Autism will not listen to our successful story?
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com