The Autistic Experience, and a very good day.

As many of you are aware, and for those of you who are not, I am an autistic person, specifically Asperger’s Syndrome. I thought I would write to you about two aspects of the “Autistic Experience”…

It is unfortuneate that the movie RAINMAN has had the same effect on ASD people as JAWS has had on sharks…

“Professionals” have convinced parents that unless their children receive therapy, then they will end up with Rainman as a their child. While I concede that this would be a very difficult thing for any family, the reality is that Rainman [based on the real person: Kim Peak] is unique and represents such a small percentage of the Autistic People that it is almost statistically irrellevent.

Much like going to the beach does not mean you will get eaten by a shark.

The net result of this rampant fear mongering by the “Autism Industry Professionals” is that society is now spending extra-ordinary amounts of money in the vain attempt to “normalise” Autistic children. Governments around the world are spending millions of dollars trying to save children from the horrors of an autistic existence.

The really sad thing is that there is no therapy anywhere in the world that has ever cured a child of being autistic, yet they keep trying.

They keep trying to make us behave just like them.

The craving that society has for everyone to be the same is a very passionate topic for many of the Autistic [Autism Spectrum Disorder – ASD] adults I have spoken with.

I think it stems back to the awareness that a lot of ASD adults have that they are themselves different to the rest of the world – or NT Society as we call it.

“NT” stands for Neuro Typical. It is a term coined by ASD people who object to the rest of the world being labelled “normal” because that implies that ASD people are abnormal, faulty and wrong.

The problem we have with NT society is their insensitive desire to make us behave like them.

Watch the reaction of anyone around an ASD person who is rocking back and forth, or flapping their hands. NT people find this disgusting and offensive.

They consider us to be liars, and untrustworthy because we don’t like to make eye-contact. NT people find inter personal communication without eye contact to be very difficult. [Granted, not as difficult as we find having to do it just to make them feel good about themselves].

All therapy for ASD people is about changing our behaviour to suit NT society.

Don’t even ask me about those people who keep searching for a cure for Autism. This is about as palatable to ASD people as euthanasia.

It is essentially the same as curing women of being female, coloured people of being coloured, and gay people of being gay.

They are trying to cure us of being who we are as people.

Yet it is ok for NT society to aspire to curing autism.

It is not ASD people who want to be like NT people. It is NT people who want us to be like them.

They are the one’s with the problem, not us, yet we are the ones expected to change.

Imagine expecting a black person to change the colour of their skin simply so white people wont feel anxious whenever they see them.

We are talking about exactly the same thing.

Did you know that some ASD children in therapy, have been placed in rooms with electrified metal floors, and when they do not display the “appropriate” behaviours such as eye contact, they have been given electric shocks.

This is true, and very well documented.

NT society would never accept this form of therapy for rapists or murderers, yet it has been, and continues to be done to ASD children around the world.

Other therapies involves other forms of punishment, equally as disgusting.

This shows how filthy, disgusting and offensive NT society considers ASD people to be.

They consider us to be worse than rapists and murderers, to be less than human, because we do not think or behave the way they want us to.

They treat us the way women have been treated for hundreds of years, maybe even worse.

And for NT people to say that people like me are over-reacting, or exaggerating, or to deny what we say; – this is exactly the same as me [a man] saying that women are just emotional creatures and that things aren’t as bad as they say.

On a brighter note…

Yesterday at work we had a visit from some students and teachers from the local Special Education School – a school for children with “special needs”.

If you don’t know already, I am a Dispatcher for the Fire Department.

Generally, the only people who visit us are other Fire Fighters or industry related organisations. Rarely, if ever, do the public come to see us.

Anyway, myself and the other Dispatchers were each allocated a small group of kids and a teacher so that we could show them what we do.

During my demonstration, I asked the teacher assigned to me about the school and what they do for the kids.

He told me that one of the things they do is spend time listening to our radio transmissions.

We use the radio to allocate trucks to emergency incidents, receive updates on incidents, and provide advice to Fire Fighters during those incidents. If you have ever seen the film LADDER 49… the very first thing you hear at the start of the film is a voice on a radio talking to the Fire Fighters… that is what I do…

I digress…

The teacher told me that they listen to us because we are very professional, speak clearly, and our radio transmissions all follow a basic structure that is easy for the kids to listen to.

For example:

“… to five zero ona alpha – code 2 structural fire, in action two lines case one protecting exposures north side, four in B.A. make pumps four, eighteen thirty five.”

And I would type that into the computer as it is being said. We are awesome at dictation!

The last bit of the transmission is the time the transmission ended.

The kids can listen to this and learn words, numbers, and other things. The teachers also have a amateur radio network and they get the kids to repeat these transmissions to each other.

The reason for doing this is that a lot of ASD kids don’t speak. [very different to “can’t speak”] – their problem is that face to face it is often almost impossible for them, but on a radio they can do it.

The teacher told me about a student 2 years ago who was unable to even say his name because of his problems with social interaction and interpersonal communication skills. Through using our radio transmissions they were able to teach him how to communicate to the point that when he left high school he got a job where he is required to speak all the time.

I almost cried.

I am teary now just writing about it.

I understand what it is that I do for my community, we save lives, we put out fires… I had no idea that I had helped a severely autistic child learn to speak and help enable him to get a job.

It is without a doubt the best moment ever in 14 years of doing this job, quite possibly the most touching moment of my life.

I just wanted to share this with you.


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