What would an ASD Utopia be like?

With BBC 4 showing a documentary in the coming days on our pursuit of Utopia...(http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/bbc-four-utopia-season). Just for a bit of weekend grey matter exercise.....What would this utopian state be like in your opinion?

  • I think my Utopia would be would be the freedom to identify myself as autistic and for everyone in my environment to understand what that means and accept it (including myself).  I've watched and listened to some of the LBGT programming around the anniversary of homosexuality becoming legal and I see so many parallels with us adults realising we are autistic, we are different, but we are not wrong and we exist.  If you recognise yourself as gay all you have to do is 'come out' and although I'm sure that isn't necessarily easy at least it's possible and you have an identity.  On the other hand I know there are still bigoted attacks on that community so maybe I'm just living in my naïve bubble.

    Between the books, the blogs and this forum I have no doubt that I am autistic but had to persuade the GP to refer and heaven knows how long the wait will be for someone in the medical profession to confirm what I already know.  I was already heading for crisis when I started looking for answers and began to find the truth of what autism is and that it was me, now there's what feels like an infinite anxiety ridden wait and I feel like I'm in suspended animation.  If a month or so ago I didn't know that autism could be anything other than the relatively extreme media version (unempathetic, mute and all the rest) how can I expect those around me to have a clue what it's like to live from my point of view?

    I like your idea of an island, though I'm fed up with it being so windy around here so much of the time (near the coast) and I guess Islands are probably windy a lot.  I used to fantasise about living together but separately with several people in a great big house, everyone having their niche, a commune I guess!  But then again I don't like people, ha!  Be interesting to see if anyone else has any ideas that are more or less realistic.

  • Steve Silberman (author of 'Neurotribes') draws this parallel.  He's a gay man.  He likens autism - predominantly high-functioning/Asperger's I think - to the new 'gay'.  People coming out of the closet - or not, for fear of reprisals/rejection.  A more open understanding - but still a stigma, and much ignorance.

  • That is really interesting Tom, I haven't got to that book yet, but how curious that I came to a similar conclusion from the perspective of a heterosexual middle aged female... Off to Amazon for me.

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