hi my name is blue (that's not my real name but i'm going with it) and when i was in elementary school i was diagnosed with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome but basically autism and my life is good but it's still been hard at times. so anyway i'm here to meet others like me or people with experience on autism and i will ask for help or ill try to help you guys with the experience i have gained as well and i'm here for fun to as well as the other reasons. so ask me a question if you want or ill ask you one but let me start with this...should it be autism awareness or autism acceptance.
Tied into such complex and tricky semantics of language is another related question I've often thought about, which is linked to the topics of awareness and acceptance...
What are we best calling 'it' ?!
"High functioning Autism"? - Personally, that doesn't taste right to me, as there somehow seems an inherent value judgement on those people deemed 'low functioning'.
"Autism"? - I suspect the Neurotypicals just hear this as 'learning difficulties'.
"Asperger's" - eh, what's that?!
"Asperger's Syndrome"? - ooh, I have a syndrome now?! Too pathological.
"Autism Spectrum Disorder"? - ouch, the last word is loaded with waaaay too much negativity.
"Autistic Spectrum Condition"? - again, too medical... and negatively loaded... as most people want pills and procedures to cure 'conditions'.
"Neurodivergent"? - way to obscure for your average NT.
My personal preference would be 'Neurovarient'. Alas, I just don't think that's ever gonna catch on.
We need to sex it up a bit, in the interests of Public Relations and raising awareness. How about, "God Mind"?! ;-)
("I'm so sorry for my meltdown, it's just that I'm lucky to be blessed with God Mind - and I therefore see and experience so much of the complexity that you Mortal Mind's don't")
High functioning Autism"? ~ for me, I reject this definition because to me, it implies that I cope better than I do or that my ‘traits’ are barely existent, or rather, my gifts are being ignored or played down. However, I accept the term in the nature it was intended, to help make certain distinctions for ease of greater understanding amongst diagnosticians and ease of some conversations/communications.
"Autism"? ~ For me, I identify as autistic, for ease of communication, and my greatest interest is in simply making the world a better place for all of us, which I think will be achieved by mutual understanding and working together with nt’s.
"Asperger's" ~ I highly value the work of Hans Asperger and love to call myself an aspie. I think it’s a great word to use and it feels like fun, less serious, and I find it’s especially useful to use with people who may be unfamiliar with autism. I don’t want to lose the term in general conversation and want to honour Hans Asperger, but I don’t recognise it as a diagnostic term.
"Asperger's Syndrome"? ~ it’s not a syndrome, but many people are still unfamiliar with autism and as awareness grows, the word syndrome will be naturally deleted.
"Autism Spectrum Disorder"? ~ as above. We are only just moving away from the medical model of disability, under which model this word was first used. We’re moving away from that term as we grow in understanding.
"Neurodivergent" ~ these are simply helpful words we are using as we move away from the medical model of ‘normal’ and ‘not normal’. They’re harmless words and will be phased out as we grow together in understanding and awareness.
My personal preference is for BlueRay
We’re all of God’s mind. God or universal energy or whatever you want to call it, is omnipresent, meaning, it is in all of us. We all have the same mind, we are simply individual expressions of the one whole, the one mind. We are all beautiful and we each have our own unique interpretation of the world, to use for the good of all. We are each a rare and beautiful gift. So rare, that no other person on this planet has what you have to give.
And don’t ever be sorry for your melt downs my friend and especially not here. I for one am truly grateful for your meltdown as I got to talk about some of my favourite subjects. Meltdowns are our friends. They are what protects us from the mass hypnotism that the majority of nt’s are under. Just because they’re our friends [meltdowns], we don’t have to hang out with them but we don’t have to apologise to anybody when they do show up either. If anything, it is a time when we most need compassion and understanding from those around us, not us trying to make them feel better.
We are all subject to the mortal mind. We all share it. It isn’t individual. There are no individual thoughts in the mortal mind. Who we all are, as individuals, without us giving full power to the mortal mind, is who we are. If you look at somebody and witness the mortal mind, it is only because you too have the experience of the mortal mind, otherwise you would not recognise it. So if you judge another, you are simply judging yourself and as such, others will judge you in the same way. They can’t not. But if you recognise it in others, you can simply smile, and say hello, and good bye as you become at one, again, with your god mind, and in that instant, all of a sudden, like magic, the person with the mortal mind who was previously standing in front of you, is now your brother or sister and you see only their god qualities, and the false perception of who you thought they were previously, has all but vanished.
Thanks for the chat.
I like 'Asperger's' partly because it invites the "What's that?", allowing anything from a concise explanation to a quip - depending upon who I'm speaking to or what mood I'm in.
Personally I prefer Yogi-Bear-ness (smarter than the average Bear!)
Evan said:"Autism"? - I suspect the Neurotypicals just hear this as 'learning difficulties'.
yeah, they really do. I got an airline to make a note that I have AS on my booking, just in case I have a meltdown on the plane (this happened once and I was completely unable to explain to the staff what was going on, which was not nice for me or for them). When I looked at what they had added, it said "learning difficulties". This could not be further from the truth, so now I worry that they will take one look at me and decided that I clearly don't have learning difficulties and am therefore scamming them ..... and they make much of "looking after people with hidden disabilities". Sigh.