I'm on a number of Yahoo Autism groups including Autism in Indiana , Autism in Michigan and Autism in Pittsburgh and many many others. The ones like I mention are often display the official logo of the Autism is a puzzle ribbon. I have had hit and miss success over the years at getting my posts posted on those groups. I have been on permanent wait for approval status for ever on some of them. Occasionally when I get a message threw I usually earn the respect of a few more people that finally find this blog and take a moment to stop and look and reflect.
Over my years online I have made many friends and supporters and my (our) advise has help many autistic thrive beyond anything they were ever expected to have done. There are many many more people like me in the world and Autism know of us but we are not quite the answer they need or want to hear. If Autism research were sincere they would welcome our insight not run from it.
I posted the following on the group Pittsburgh Autism and I don't know if it will approved for publishing, time will tell.
As I read over this list and many others like it dealing with modern Autism practice I wonder if a lot of this modern stuff is simply not more work than help?
I watched Autism be "invented" right under my nose as have have about 200 more of us Temple Grandin types. We have discovered Autism is really the building blocks of the human mind coupled with keen senses. Once we figure out all of the stuff we can connect Autism to normal thoughts and yes even give you eye contact! When we grew up, lack of eye contact was just normal for us and no one screamed about it.No teacher or psychologist or experts were there to say we need eye contact.All lack of contact amounts to is our brains are "on" . We think in Pictures and thus in early autism have to use "your daydreams" to think with. Once we figure out those thoughts- Temple called picture thoughts we can then do normal thoughts. It seems our Autism thoughts are building blocks of man's mind. In fact they explain everything from the village idiot to Einstein to stuttering to dyslexia. Not one bit we of we have figured out is what any "expert" was expecting to hear so were full of something in their book.
For a look at autism old working autism all laid out in a book read the book The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (1983) it is the biography of Alan Turing 1912-1954 he was father of the computer. This book tells every detail of Alan's strange life and how absently ;it worked out well like ours did. You will be able to see for yourself as you read it where modern Autism turned Autism in to something bigger than life. If you were to take the best of today and combine it with what worked well from yesterday autism would become a moot point again.
Sincerely Rich Shull, http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com