In need of some aspies to help with a project
I’m in the middle of writing a short about an aspie/neurotypical m/m relationship.
I don’t want it to be the usual
1.) LOOK AT THIS AUTISTIC PERSON! THEY DON’T LOOK YOU IN THE EYES! ISN’T THAT WEIRD! type of thing
2.) They were so autistic before their relationship but the healing powers of love took away their ailment type of thing.
I want it to be a very honest/cute/romantic/a bit heartbreaking.
I want it to be a short film then turn into a web series possibly (through the help of kickstarter).
BUT i need help. If you would like to read my first draft please message me! and reblog so others can message me.
I just want the portrayals of our community to be as diverse as we are.
Ari Ne’eman of ASAN will be on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal at 9:15am EST this morning!
This morning, December 1, 2012, Ari Ne’eman of ASAN will be on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal at 9:15am EST.
From ASAN’s Facebook:
We want you to consider calling in! There’s a specific line dedicated for the show to Autistic callers, along with their usual party-based call in lines. The numbers are: Democrats: (202) 585-3880; Republicans: (202) 585-3881; Independents: (202) 585-3882; and Autistics: (202) 585-3883. You can also tweet them at @CSPANWJ, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be live tweeting the show (@autselfadvocacy ) and using the hashtag #AutismOnCSPAN. We hope you will join us in listening to- and discussing- the show! If you can’t get C-SPAN radio in your area, it can be live streamed at www.c-span.org
Autism and math.
So, there’s a pretty popular notion that autistics are naturally good at math.
This is one of those things that I’m initially tempted to argue against; I’m not fond of stereotypes about autistic aptitude. But when I think of myself and my abilities, and those of other autistics I know, the commonality is pretty obvious.
We’re all pretty damn good at math.
Some of us are better than others, but it’s intuitive for most of us. Of my autistic friends, I’m the only one who actually dislikes math; I prefer history and art. But I’m still good at it. The only math concept that pretty much escapes me is algebra, and that’s because looking at numbers represented as letters is super disorienting for me. Geometry makes perfect sense to me though.
So this is a question for the autism community: do you find, as autistics, that you’re naturally good at math? Are you better at algebra or geometry? Do you even like math?
Parents of autistics can answer this one about their kids too, I guess. I just want to get a general idea.
no. I have dyscalcia. this is a stereotype. I know autistics both with and without math talents and it’s not even 50-50.
Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.
You might not even understand why it is so wrong, and you definitely don’t understand why it bothers me so much.
I don’t even know how to make you understand.
How do I explain that being autistic does not make it OK for people to torture you in the name of therapy?
How do I explain that false treatments that would be considered abuse if the kid wasn’t autistic are… still abuse when he is?
How do I explain that triggering PTSD is not an acceptable way to fix a behavior problem, ever?
If you don’t get that those kids feel that pain, that those kids are fully human, how can I explain that?
Why do I have to explain that?
I want to explain.
I want you to understand why this is wrong.
I want to shout at you that I know autistics can feel pain because I am autistic.
But I see how you don’t think we’re quite human.
I see it when a man keeps his two autistic sons in a cage, the prosecution can prove that he did so (he admitted that he did so!) and the jury thinks it is reasonable protection.
I see it when mothers murder their autistic children and then the other parents rally around the murder, rather than condemning her.
I see it when, as soon as I tell you that I am autistic, I am suddenly too autistic to understand what is best for my own life.
Even though I was competent five minutes ago, before I shouted “I know autism doesn’t have to mean X because I’M AUTISTIC,” now I am not.
Now I am autistic.
Now I am one of those people who can not possibly have emotions, who cannot possibly feel.
Now teaching me is not education, but intervention.
Now abuse is therapy.
Because I’m not really a person either, it’s OK to ignore me.
To make you understand why the wrongness bothers me as much as it does, I have to tell you something.
That something is the one thing that will also make my opinion invalid in your eyes.
It will make you think I have no empathy, that I can’t possibly know what it’s like to deal with someone as
I think you have no empathy.
If you had empathy, you wouldn’t need me to tell you that torturing an autistic person is torturing a PERSON, and that it’s wrong.
If you had empathy, you would realize that painting autistic people as tragedies can’t be good on our end, and you would stop.
But you don’t stop.
And if I try to tell you why I care so much that you stop, I am the one who can’t understand.
This is the comment on Person-First I wrote
One thing though- the Autistic Rights Movement uses the noun “Autistics” (capitalized) instead of the person first model. Part of it is that a number of the Autistics involved survived having abusive measures taken in the name of “treatment” to separate us from obvious signs of our disability, including our own self calming and self stimulating behavior.
My Friend Lydia recently wrote an excellent post about the issue, if I may:
And of course, there’s Jim Sinclair, who has written some of the founding Autistic Rights essays. (I don’t think enough people know how much Xir work has contributed to the budding Autistic Culture.):