What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I very much agree it should not be shamefull to be yourself. Its very sad that apparently we have the choice between being loved for who we are not or being shunned by many people for who we are.

One Odd Duck


I can understand. Being a parent isn’t easy, especially being a parent to a special needs child. You put in a lot of effort and you feel you deserve a little credit. So what’s wrong with posting something innocent like this?

I had a very interesting conversation not long ago with a fellow autistic adult. I observed (with some envy, I might add) that she seems very fluid in social interactions and doesn’t appear to have the difficulties I do. She told me that she puts forth a great effort to maintain that appearance and that it is truly exhausting, but then she told me the worst of it. She told me she feels no one loves her for who she is because no one actually knows the real person she is hiding inside. Then she observed that I seem to have close relationships in which people truly do know…

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Are you verbal? High functioning? The lovely labels….

Reading made me think about my own experiences with speech. I’m not entirely sure if I am unsual that way or if it’s the song of most adults who were not diagnosed early.

Let’s start with the basics: How Language is produced or not produced

Spoken Language has two prominent regions in the brain responsible for it: Wernicke and Broca. Wernicke creates a sentence in your head, it takes care of grammar, vocabulary and all the million other things necessary to make a proper statement. Brocas meanwhile is responsible of sending the right neurological signal to your language producing organs such as the larynx to actually turn your thought up sentence (courtesy of Wernickes) into a spoken sentence. In autistic non verbal people Brocas Region is not functioning properly. Meaning you might think of the best piece of literature or the most touching poem but it won’t ever leave your mouth. You essentially wear a very very effective muzzle, preventing you from opening your mouth. Continue reading

Disabled not disordered: autism and the social model

this is precisely how i feel about autism. it is not a disease nor a disorder but it has disabling effects. if we manage to reduce those everyone will be better off 🙂

Autism through the Medium of Cats

I’ve often come across Autistic people who say, ‘I don’t see it as a disability.’

And then there are people who say they suffer from autism because they can’t get a job or they’ve been bullied.

In both cases I think the same thing: haven’t they heard of the social model? I don’t think enough people have.

The social model of disability is a way of thinking about disability in which disability results not from an individual’s neurological, physical or mental characteristics but from barriers created by society. The social model distinguishes between impairment, which is when someone has an unusually low ability to do something, and disability, which is when someone is prevented from full participation in society on the basis of an impairment. Society is built to accommodate the needs of the majority and not the needs of people with minority brains, bodies and minds. This is the…

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What is living with autism like?

Currently the one holy grail in autism research (aside from the cure search fund by Autism Unspeakable) is to find the root cause of autism. After spending some decades looking for what is broken and not having much luck the new bees knees for some research groups is now to consider autism not a monolith anymore but a spectrum caused by a variety of things. Frankly I do not know what causes autism any better than you do (unless you think its vaccines, then i know better :P). I want to discuss my thought about this issue, but first we need to be on the same level concerning what autism is. So I am trying to take you by your virtual hand and lead you to my world. You may try to walk within my shoes for a while but I have a feeling even putting on my shoes is already too much pain to bear for you if you are not autistic. One gets used to pain and one gets used to chaos. Autistic people who are able to communicate seem to have in common this skill to life an impossible life. To bear it all well enough to see the next day.

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