This video challenged my perception on what/or autistic children should look like and how they act. The video portrays a birthday party, which focuses on the actions based on the one autistic child present at the event. At the start of the clip, the viewer is challenged to attempt and pick out which child contains an autistic disorder. Personally, I could not identify this child because all the children seemed very capable and were acting and communicating in a very similar way. The figure filming continues to follow this autistic child on her journey around the entire party whilst she participates in all the fun, active games and tasks. The aim of the film is to try to get society to understand that even though a person may contain autism that does not mean they are incapable or majorly different to everyone else. Throughout the film, you as the viewer are tested to be able to justify a distinct difference in the way she acts physically and mentally in comparison to the apparent ‘normal’ children surrounding her. When the word autistic is thrown at you, you originally think of someone who is disabled and confused, however, this is most definitely not the case. Majority of these people look just like everyone else which expresses that autism has such a massive spectrum and that not all are handicapped and potentially unintelligent. At the end of the film, it brings upon the topic of historical segregation in the 50s and 60s. This is very interesting because evidently as time has progressed we do not even notice the autistic people around us on a daily basis. This is because people have learnt and assessed the intelligence and capability these people hold just like the girl at the party. Perhaps this is why many people such as the police officers that Christopher encountered when he was attempting to investigate the dog’s death, had no idea about Christopher’s condition. Which verifies why society needs to see this video and the realistic facts they will gain from it.
This clip helps us as the viewer understand and empathise what a person with autism actually feels like. Carly says that in order to calm herself down, she stims a lot and bangs her head. she does this inorder to drown out all her external sensory input and simulation. she says " I create output inorder to blockout the output." She was mistakenly thought to be mentally disabled. At the age of 11, she sat down in front of a computer and began typing. She typed for hours and hours just to be able to express how she was feeling. This proved that even though it was believed and assumed that she wasn't and would never be able to absorb much from all her therapies, she actually did consume so much information and proved to be highly intelligent. Carly is still non-verbal to this day, but this does not mean she is unable to communicate. Thanks to modern technology and social media, the world has been blessed with her quirky and intelligent, wit. She has her own talk show, ‘Speechles with Carly’ and regularly interviews star guests such as, Channing Tatum. She also owns a cafe called ‘Carly’s Cafe’. Additionally she has written a book with her father called, “Carly’s Voice, Breaking Through Autism.” It is important that we as society stop generalising the ‘autistic community’ and notice their true potential. Carly is a pure example of the talent and intellectual ability these people contain.
Look me in the eye is a non- fiction text written in his own perspective, John Elder Robinson. Robinson explains the difficulty of growing up with Asperger syndrome. Ever since he was young, he longed to connect with others, but by the time, he was an adolescent, his odd habits, inclinations to blurt out sounds, avoid eye contact and dismantle radios had earned him the label of ‘a social deviant’. He fled his parents and never managed to finish school, but managed to get a job with the famous band KISS due to his ‘savant-like ability’ when working in electronics. Following this, his next job he chose to join an engineering company where he describes the difficulty and exhaustion of pretending to be neuro typical. At the age of forty, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome that changed his own perspective of himself and the world. Robinson’s story illustrates to the reader the struggle he faced negotiating life as a person with Asperger syndrome.
Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire is drawing Mexico City from memory, after seeing it for 30 minutes from the air. This video really challenged my mind in even trying to understand how this could be possible. This autistic man can draw firstly amazing and secondly from phograohic memory. What I take away from watching this video is that autism is defined negatively by society. It is defined as a bad thing to have, but really it could be one of the greatest hidden gifts ever. The amount on intelligence this man has is unreal yet he is autistic. Most people who veil the title of this YouTube clip would almost not believe is because the world has generalised autistic as if it is people who just jump and clap their hands. This is such an understatement and it is almost as if I feel offended for them. Christopher is just like this man. He is majorly talented in certain things as well as highly intelligent. I love how this man who is labeled as ‘autistic’ is able draw massive landscaped of places he has just seen right away. It is living proof and evidence of the talent this autistic man and many autistic people and children contain and I believe that a person who can watch and believe what is being done by him will gain so much knowledge from it.
Temple is well known for having autism advocacy. She is high functioning. In this Ted talk she explains how people with autism focus in on the minor things and use this to characteristic to her advantage, it helped her become successful in the cattle industry. She explains how people with autism usually think in images and therefore this explains why she was so bad at algerbra in school but was excellent at geography and trigonometry because people like her focus on more visual subjects. Her visual thinking helped her understand animal behaviour, particularly cattle which is what her current profession includes. She explains, just like Carly from ‘Autism Angel’ that they experience extreme sensitivity to sights and sounds and an overload of external stimulation. Temple says that the world needs different kinds of minds to work together and that a lot of technology has been developed by people who sit on the autism spectrum. This confirms that it’s not about a lack of intelligence, just that peoples brain should work and fucntion in many different ways which is why it’s so important for us to not judge others and just do give each individual time to develope and express their knowledge within a time they are comfortable with and that is why everyone should veil this Ted talk because this is an amazing resource that will open the eyes of society.
Anat Baniel uses a process called neuro movement to help kids with autism. In this video you can see her working with three different kids who all exhibit similar autism symptoms and by moving their body in different ways, she helps them to retrain their brains and improve their symptoms and to even function in mainstream schools. This ties up with the idea of early intervention that Temple Grandin speaks about on her clip. The earlier kids with autism are able to get help, the better their chances of improving and success. Which is why parents or even just society as a whole should not just give up on their children or students overall because they have the title of autism.
Ido Kedar is a 21-year-old an with autism, who has canning speak. He was told from a very young age that he would never be able to communicate individually. When he was seven his mother, Tracey says Ido’s communicated with her for the first time in a method that she knew he would for sure understand. One day they were making invitations for his birthday party and he did not have the motor skills to hold,d the pencil on his own, so she was resting her hand over his. As they wrote together, it seemed to her that he had a flash of recognition. “I was kind of talking out loud and I said oh shoot,I forgot this word’ and under my hand I feel his hand spellling it put. And I hadn’t said any of the letters.” Tracey says. People assumed Ido didn’t know how to read or spell. Even his own mother brought this assumption upon him. Yet he was able to prove the most important person in his life wrong. Even though this article doesn’t share any massive, amazing events of an outburst of an autistic, that does not mean in anyway it wasn’t huge for Ido himself or his mother. This 21 year old man was able for the first time in some way not even express to someone but assist someone. This man couldn’t communicate properly for years yet the first time he could he chose to help a loved one with even the slightest problem being, unable to remember a word. This is why society needs to read this article because it demonstrates that even though these people struggle to communicate they are are still people. They still have feelings and emotions which are within themselves just wishing to bust out. I see Ido to have many similar character traits as Christopher from ‘ The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Thd Night Time.’ Alothough Chrjstopher is Cleary able to verbalise and Ido Kedar is not, they both share caring and intelligent traits. Christopher always wanted to help in any way he could, such as finding out who killed the dog and cheering up his farther or even wanting to visit his ‘unwell mother’. Both Christopher and Ido Cleary find ways to care for loved ones even if it means trying their absolute hardest to overcome their ‘autsitic titles/issues.’
The poem ‘Autism’, by Margret, is written from a third person narrative perspective. It suggests that the worlds view and perspective on autism and specifically on autistic children is lacking in uncompassionate. It highlights how “they”, people, view autistic children and the indescribable challenges they face, such as a lack of independence. Metaphors such as ‘the puzzle is never solved’ and ‘the real demon is us’ are used to enhance the reader’s understanding of the pure message of autism’s uniqueness. Additionally, the author suggests that the reader can never fully empathize with an autistic person because, ‘they are looked at and pointed at’. Towards the end of the poem, the audience is left wondering what it must be like “having a retardation’ and never really conceptualizing what it would be like to never understand anything in the world. I suppose this is how Christopher felt.