I love a good flash blog *grin*.
Autism Speaks is pissing off the ASD community yet again, so here we are. Talking about what ASD actually is. Here is the blurb from the flash blog creator,
Last Monday, Autism Speaks told the world that autism is:
. . . living in despair
. . . fear of the future
. . .exhausted, broken parents
. . . lost, helpless, burdensome children
. . . a national emergency
If that’s not what autism is to you, join us on Monday November 18th for the “This is Autism” flashblog.
What is it?
A flashblog is a day when a group of people share their thoughts about a single topic. You can post something on your own blog and let us know about it or you can submit your contribution here and we’ll post it for you. Then we’ll share everyone’s posts throughout the day on Monday, here and across the web using Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to get the word out.
So what is Autism, to me?
Autism is order. Your own specific brand of order.
Autism is hard sometimes. There is no denying it. It can be hard to feel emotions so intensely that you think you are going to burst from the inside out. Especially when those emotions are bad ones.
But Autism is also magical. Because we not only feel the bad emotions more intensely, we feel the good emotions more intensely too!
Autism is never being still. Sometimes that is because you’re nervous, but sometimes it’s “just because”. I am tapping my feet at the moment. Just because.
Autism is loyalty, and pride in family (even if they’re not related by blood). Autism is always being there for those you love. Even if you sometimes don’t know how to show it, or what to do.
Autism is having a sixth sense about who your family will consist of. It means knowing straight away whether that person will fit with you or not. Whether they will become part of your long term tribe or not.
It also means knowing whether other people are on the spectrum or not within a few minutes. We just sense these things.
Autism is the sun on a rainy day. When everyone else is busy doing the same thing, at the same time, in the same way, Autism is what peeks through and says “nah, let’s do this instead”.
Autism is not only being original, but being original even when you may want to fit in and be like everyone else. Autism is authentic.