Autistic and Autism, No Differance
Well, looking at it from the inside out, at least.
I know the popular ideas of Autism and I see just HOW modern Autism ignorantly makes a mountain out of a molehill and in effect tries too hard to help and comes up with horrible results. Autism, the Autism we know and understand the stuff we figured out in a double-blind experience is the very SAME autism the lowest functioning people of today have, only we had the chances necessary to overcome. Perhaps we have done too well and blend in too much? Perhaps Modern Autism should lower its guns and listen to us, the people that do, MORE than Temple does. We all have figured out the Autism thought process and trust us, it was never in a text book and it DOES work well.
As people find me via the web (blog-Yahoo Groups) that are 30-40 or older many tell me confide in me they too are picture thinkers and like us, they too figured out their proficient picture thoughts. These people somehow manage to do a real job everyday, a real life and do it even better than we do! They too missed the Rain Man Curse and the too much help that entailed and if all of us were identified and studied and again Autism would listen to us they would shockingly discover Low functioning Autism is simply missing a few picture thoughts that we learned on our own by trial and error. Those thoughts, the very core of Autism can't be taught by modern Autism, in fact they take away our slim chance of doing autism correctly, as ignorantly they insist on eye contact. In a normal persons point of view, that is indeed logical but our thought process is different from yours and needs converted to yours. To make matters even more complicated our thoughts are invisible to you. Just how can you teach what you have never seen? No, wonder Autism is such a mess.
Weather we are the Savant like Rain Man, the Village idiot, an Aspie in a group home or a rocket scientist or a teacher or a fireperson or and "average Joe" We all share the same Autism thoughts and it is only our ability to translate those autism thoughts to real life that make us successful in real life. Autism as it is taught today NEVER even comes close to what it is we did and now not so ironically, there is an "Epidemic" of Autism. The Epidemic is mostly a product of modern times where schools feature no discipline, no real education and Autism screams its the autism and not the child. To make matters much worse the Autism standards have been lowered too much and today Autism the picture thoughts, the wanting to be alone, bashful, closeted genus that was once the hope of Autism is now the preverbal thorn in the side. Our successful Autism Stories are minus everything Modern Autism "knows." We do too much we build on Thinking in Pictures and none of us were ever on an Autism Diet. Our eductions, our odd typical for us education experience could only have been pulled off in a time gone by (We have modern Aspies that "know us" to ) . I suspect If Autism was ever taught In a class room the autism we figured out , 80% of us would do a traditional life. Autism seems to be the simple building blocks of the human mind. Now if indeed it is just that, you can see why there is such a fine line between success and failure.
I know and understand you think logically I'm full of something but, please remember Autism societies and popular figures in Autism are traditional thinkers, they would not know Autism if they seen it. They even quit pushing ,Thinking in Pictures,as THE Autism book. Autism was never supposed to be figured out, let alone by someone autistic and when it was and our Anthropology was united online and in person the obvious facts of our double-blind experience unintentionally deflate the egos a few too many professionals. It is too bad they have empires, epidemics and reputations to support or they really would be delighted to hear from us as they once were a few years ago. When they seen there were 200 more better functioning Temple Grandin's' in our group they turned tail and ran.
What a shame they turned their backs on the people that can explain everything from Autism to Einstein to dyslexia all in the name of progress. Please keep that in mind as The Autism Society of America Convention commences in Providence Rhode Island in a few days, the very Autism YOU need to know about the autism that is figured out and has a successful history will not be represented there, it is not for lack of trying on our part it is due the ignorance of the traditional thinkers that think they know autism so well. People only listen it seems if is good for business, or if it is what they want to hear. Please urge the Autism Society to turn back the clock and figure out what we did.
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com