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This video really surprised me and changed the way I looked at autistic people. The video is called,"Thing not to say to an Autistic Person" and showed autistic people react to common stereotypes that apply to them. What really surprised me was that they made a few funny jokes which made me laugh. Before watching this video I assumed that because they cant't understand jokes they wouldn't be able to tell them However this is clearly not the case. During the video they debunked many common assumptions such as "Autistic people cant feel empathy." They responded to this by saying they do feel empathy if not more but what they find hard is putting them-self in other peoples shoes. They also gave a good analogy in which being Autistic is like being in a different country where everyone speaks a different language. From the video I have realized that Autism isn't necessarily a disease it is just a different way of thinking that allows them to perceive the world in a different way.
People who fall into the high functioning portion of the spectrum often live lives just like anyone else who's not on the spectrum. They are said to be higher functioning cognitively than others on the spectrum.Just like anyone on the Autism Spectrum high functioning people can still struggle with communication, making eye contact, and socially interact overall. Since interacting with others can be so difficult, those who are high functioning often report feeling very anxious prior to a social gathering, and being wiped out afterward because it takes so much energy to engage with others. However despite these symptoms many people with High Functioning Autism are often able to live normal lives and be independent. This is interesting as common assumption is that all people with autism need intense care but that is not true as this depends completely on where someone is on the autism spectrum.
One of the best videos I have seen explaining what Autism is and how we are all the same. This animated video explains that people are autistic because there brain and it's senses are unable to communicate well causing the brain to become overwhelmed and confused affecting how they see the world. The video shows how normal events that occur in our life, such as walking down the road, can be very frightening to autistic people. The video compared what a normal person on a walk and compared it to what an autistic person might see. The autistic person's view of the world is very blurry, out of focus and each object appears to abrupt and violent. Sadly these people are often able to communicate how they feel which is why despite them looking fine from the outside they may be chaos going on in their heads. This is also what causes these people to develop strange behaviors to help them cope with discomfort. This overview helped me greatly to understand autism and how it effects people diagnosed of it.
The introduction of a new Muppet on Sesame Street represents an encouraging cultural shift in the portrayal of characters with autism. This shift in the coverage of autistic people is extremely important and has the potential to transform the way that Autism is seen by the general public and in order to remove many harmful stereotypes that autistic people face on a daily basis. A major problem in society is the lack of representation of autistic people. Just think about it, when was the last time you heard about an autistic boy on the media being covered for anything other than the disability they face. Can think about any right? By not showing people with autism on tv it creates a large barrier between us and them. This barrier that has been created by the media alienates people with autism making it harder for them to interact with the wider world. However by introducing autistic character to main stream media this problem can be solved. "Sesame Street," has made a step into fixing this problem by introducing an autistic character called "Julia". Julia exhibited common traits such as being very touch sensitive, not liking certain textures and by struggling to interact with the other characters. Further more it is essential that more shows take the initiative to add autistic characters to their cast in order to help support the lives of autistic by representing them in the media.
In this factual talk, geneticist Wendy Chung shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder — for example, that autism has multiple, perhaps interlocking, causes. Looking beyond the worry and concern that can surround a diagnosis, Chung and her team look at what we've learned through studies, treatments and careful listening. During this Ted Talk Wendy talks about the known causes for autism which are most revolving around genetics that are either passed down from their parents or because of mutation occurring causing harmful effects to occur to the child. However according to research these caused only account for 25% of autistic people and it is unknown why the other 75% of autistic people are autistic. If it is found what causes the range of different autism types it will be easier for doctors to properly pinpoint their disorder early making it easier to treat. However many autistic people aren't diagnosed for many years causing their disorder to be harder to treat these disorder include being non-verble, being hyper sensitive to getting touched and being prone to self harm. The effects of autism are not limited to this as Autism is a very large spectrum that includes effects that can differ of severity and how they effected. This is one of the reasons why Autism is so hard to treat and is why there is still much unkown about autism.
This poem gave me insight into whats it is like being an Autistic kid. This heart braking poem was written by Benjamin, a ten year old with Asperger this poem went viral on Facebook when it was published by the National Autism Association. The poem is called "I am" and describes the struggled of kid who just wants to fit in, during the first part of the poem he says,"I am odd, I am new. I wonder if you are too," In this line Benjamin proposes that despite him being different in some ways it is possible that everyone is different in the same or other ways. This message is particularly powerful as in reality everyone has the differences and it is important that we accept those differences. This poem mainly states how hard it is thought to conform and be like everyone else he describes this relationship by saying,"I feel like a boy in outer space.I touch the stars and feel out of place. This shows how isolated he feels as he describes the difference between him and others as being a huge vacuum of space and that him trying to conform is like reaching for the stars. This shows how lonely Benjamin feels and that all along he has just been looking for friend who can keep him company. Benjamin also mentions the discrimination he faces on daily basis and speaks of how harmful this can be to him,"I cry when other people laugh, it makes me shrink." This shows how other peoples word's make Ben feel powerless as he is unable to combat people from making him feel terrible about himself. In summary the poem, "I am" describes the feelings, of ten year old boy with Aspergers, which include loneliness and the urge to conform and be like everyone else. This heart breaking poem is designed to make us consider the differences of others and to make us more willing to accept people for who they and to accept each and every persons differences.
A 4-time Canadian National Wheelchair Tennis Champion and Paralympian discusses his journey living with a disability. Joel Dembe tells us how we can empower our communities through accessibility. This video challenged my preconceived ideas of what disabled people are like. When many people think of disabled many negative connotations come to mind such as being dependent, weak, powerless and out of action. These words are all synonyms of the word disabled but they couldn't be further from the truth and does not properly represent disabled people. Despite being disabled these people have all have great potential and can go on to achieve many great thing such as becoming doctors, news reporters and sports stars. This is why the media needs to change the way they cover disabled people, into only showing positive and empowering messages about them. The media is particularly harmful when it reinforces the common belief of disabled people being powerless by focusing on the tragedies that come with being disabled. However these tragedies should not define the people they apply to but just sate that they use a wheelchair. As well as discussing the media Joel also talked about how essential it is that society is accessible for the use of disabled people through the development of infrastructure in order to allow disabled people to have the same opportunities in society and so they are not held back. This idea is particularly powerful as it proves that it is essential that we are inclusive of disabled people so they not left out and can be given the same amount of opportunities as everyone else. In summary disabled people should not be defined by their differences but should be empowered and embraced into society just like anyone else.
"Society doesn't correlate disability with being attractive... but we CAN be stylish, gorgeous, stunning, and FABULOUS." This video explore the lives of many disabled people people and proves that disabled people can be just as cool, attractive and funny as any other people that are not disabled. The people shown in this video have accepted their differences and have embraced them allowing them to connect to the wider world and find how truly amazing they really are. Many people with disabilities are not able to accept their differences which is why they are not able to realize their true potential and truly become "FABULOUS".For example one of the people in video found out they were a talented dancer and embraced it by going to many boogie clubs. People there would tell her how talented and attractive she really is proving that disabled people may be different in some aspects but they are just as capable if not more than any other person.