Hello, I'm Rich Shull (OLD AUTISM) and I have just included a post on my Blog you might find interesting? Pre Rain Man Autism =http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com. It indeed makes comment in an AP Medical Article with mention to your organization and highlights them from the point of view of Old Working autism.
I don't know if you have heard of me or not,(or will admit I was once on your mailing list) but, I was once the "next" Temple Grandin some years ago and there are at least 200 more like me from all over the world. Yes, many of us have figured out autism! It is simply a thought process that happens during the lack of eye contact that we figured out and connected to normal thoughts. Indeed we do think in pictures (like your Day Dreams) . The funny bit is our thoughts start out below 123 and the ABC's and end up in Einstein range. We all build on the work of Temple Grandin and add pages and concepts to her work and figure out the rest of our autism thoughts that include 3 and 4 dimension thoughts projection thoughts and picture and picture thoughts, they make us social. When we figure out all of the autism thoughts (never in a text book before),normal thoughts like you do and try to get us to do are the result.
Our anthropology met on line and we all figured out the same autism and had the same milestones and got the same successful results ignorant of each other. We met on the Web pages of Gay (LBT) Autism, Yes most of us are in the GLBT Spectrum. I suspect if we were straight Autism would have been "cured" by now as the successful autism from time gone by would not have been shoved off in the corner and ignored. Honestly if autism could have admitted to us it would have never turned into the ridiculous epidemic it is today-frankly Autism research has got a hold of the wrong end of the stick.
I encourage you and other autism researchers to investigate our claims discover our autism, discover our minds, and even add 1000s of pages to the psychology books when you figure out what did. I realize we are probably too little too late and no one in autism can turn back now and admit to those of us out of the loop but please consider it. Mankind needs our insight to his mind and it works we after all connected MR/DD to Einstein.
Sincerely ,Rich Shull
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