Friday, January 23, 2009

WHAT DOES AUTISM LOOK LIKE

Wanted to share this little excerpt with you all from an email i recieved this morning from '5 minutes for special needs'

Posted: 22 Jan 2009 02:06 PM CST
The other day I was talking with a classmate—someone with whom I’ve recently become acquainted—and we got on the subject of autism. The conversation turned to my daughter, and I showed my friend a YouTube video of my daughter singing. The response I got was, “Wow, I would never guess she had autism.” I get that a lot; some folks go even further, telling me that my child looks so “normal.” What does normal look like, anyway? For that matter, what does autism look like?
Part of our family’s journey with autism has meant dealing with the public’s perceptions of what autism is and is not. When I was a teenager, “Rain Man” was in theaters, and Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of an autistic man left an indelible impression on the minds of many people. From that time on, Hoffman’s Raymond was the persona that most people assumed personified the average autistic. For lots of autistic people and their families, educating the public about the autistic spectrum and the fact that no two auties are the same is important.
So what does autism look like? I don’t know that I can ever completely and succinctly answer that question. But I know this: I’d sooner be able to define autism than be able to define normal.
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3 comments:

Ferreira Family said...

Well put! What a great piece...

Conrad, Megan and Our Precious Keaton said...

Hear Hear!!!!!

It's about time "we" as society stop labelling autism and any other form of special needs, one line strikes me in your update "No two auties are the same", well I'll go one further "No two children are the same"! Love you all lots! God bless! Meggie

Anonymous said...

How True xxx

Love Sam x