World Autism Awareness Day 2015

Today is World Autism Awareness Day 2015 and you can join in by lighting it up blue!

To celebrate I am reposting my Aspie’s Rock blog post, to highlight some of the good things about autism (and there are many).

Autism is on a spectrum and includes individuals who range from low functioning (eg., no speech, dependent on caregivers) to those who are high functioning. Those who are high functioning are sometimes identified as having Asperger Syndrome.

Mikey

Aspie’s Rock

People with Asperger Syndrome often call themselves Aspies.

Aspies mostly call people who are NOT on the Autism Spectrum – neurotypicals. I nearly choked on my Weet-Bix when I heard that expression for the first time πŸ˜‰.

There is a theory (promulgated by aspies I should think) that people with Asperger Syndrome are higher up the evolutionary ladder than the rest of us. I don’t know about the scientific basis for that theory but there are certainly many wonderful things about Aspies.

They include the following:

Lateral thinkers (the inventors of the world)
Loyal
Enthusiastic
Focused
Genuinely goodhearted
Inventive
Original
Reliable
Unique sense of humour
Persistent (they will solve the problems of the world)
Determined (they will keep going when others give up)
Creative (some have outstanding artistic, musical and other talents)
Great attention to detail and can spot mistakes others may not notice (make great editors)
Super senses (wine connoisseurs and perfume makers of the world )
Strong sense of social justice (make good policemen, judges)
Direct, honest and speak their mind
Strive for perfection
Can list large amounts of factual information
Strong desire to seek knowledge (great on game shows and trivia nights)
Extremely knowledgeable on topics of interest (the trainspotters, collectors of the world)
Visual thinkers (make great surveyors, architects and engineers)
Exceptional long-term memory
Logical thinkers (the computer programmers of the world)
Great desire for fairness
Great respect for rules
Dedicated to special interests (many Aspies reach the top of their chosen career because of their single minded dedication to an area of interest)

Unique

Endless potential

and the list goes on …

I know and love quite a few Aspies and I think they rock!

photo by Michael Bryden

photo by M A Bryden (a very cool Aspie) πŸ˜€

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7 thoughts on “World Autism Awareness Day 2015

  1. note: I am aware that some people on the spectrum in the USA are not entirely happy with the organisation Autism Speaks, and I probably agree with them – however, this does not stop me supporting the LIUB campaign.

  2. As I think I mentioned to you before…the “slp” in slp martin is Speech and Language Pathologist…so I’ve spent a few hours working with and planning programs for children with autism…I applaud your commitment as a parent.

    • I knew you were a speechie but I didn’t realise what the slp stood for – ha! Maybe I just forgot – brain is getting a bit foggy in my old age πŸ˜‰ Thanks as always for your support Charles.

  3. Have you seen the film X + Y? It’s about a young man with Aspergers who goes to the Maths Olympiad and what he learns from his experiences there.

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