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Asperger's, not what you think it is | Krister Palo | TEDxYouth@ISH
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Asperger's, not what you think it is | Krister Palo | TEDxYouth@ISH

This video is a TED talk spoken by Krister Palo a 15 year old boy with Asperger's.
He talks about the research he did about autism and found that it said that people with this syndrome are often mocked and treated badly at school. It also mentions that they take intense interest In things most likely being mathematics. The book also says that people with Asperger's have frustration with the outside world which may provoke aggressive outbursts. Krister shares a personal story of how when once someone was bothering him in class and used the first thing he saw and hit the boy bothering him. He talks about how when he was diagnosed that people said it was the end of the world, that he was finished, as in he couldn’t do anything anyone else could. Later on Krister talks about stereotypes and how sometimes they are good but in this autism case its bad. All people stereotype that those with autism are smart but that isn't always true. The message Krister was trying to project is don’t assume, don't stereotype. This talk connects to the novel in a way that Haddon has described christopher. Christopher does have obsessions, he does have an interest in math, he does have social troubles, like Krister he does become violent. All these descriptions are how Haddon has "created" christopher. In a stereotypical way.

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10 inspiring stories from people with autism in 2015
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10 inspiring stories from people with autism in 2015

in this website there is a specific story about Anthony Lanni the first-ever individual with autism to  play Division I college basketball. It talks about how Anthony has dealt with countless obstacles to get to where he is today. Anthony has played basketball with The Michigan State Spartans, coached by Tom Izzo. Since graduating from college he has now become a national motivational speaker, husband and father. The message in this story is don’t underestimate those with autism because of their troubles in other areas. This specific story relates to christopher because like Anthony christopher has big dreams for the future, he wants to be an astronaut. Christopher strives to be something great that no other autistic person had accomplished.

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What is the Autism Spectrum? | Amaze
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What is the Autism Spectrum? | Amaze

This article is something which educates people on the autism spectrum. Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition which affects the brain’s growth and development. It is a lifelong condition, with symptom that appear in early childhood. it explains and try's to get people to understand it. It talks about the "symptoms" of autism, the difference between each autistic person, facts and causes. The message in this is that you need to educate yourself about autism so you know how to handle it if need be.

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Fighting to fit in: Growing up with autism
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Fighting to fit in: Growing up with autism

This article talks about a young boy with autism called Cain. Cain didn’t know he was autistic until a little later in his life and before his diagnosis he realized something was wrong with him. Cain was an isolated and very antisocial boy and was sometime very violent. Cain was also bullied a lot. The message the article showed was that you have to get help at an early stage and to educate yourself about autism. Like Cain, christopher is a very antisocial and didn’t have many friends. Christopher was also bullied and was violent when he felt was needed.

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Autism — what we know (and what we don't know yet) | Wendy Chung
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Autism — what we know (and what we don't know yet) | Wendy Chung

in this talk Wendy Chung shares what we know about autism spectrum disorder. Autism isn't single condition it’s a spectrum. Autistic communicate differently (rock back and forth or touch pictures to talk). Some are gifted but inability to communicated and socialize. Causes of autism are guessed. No specific/one cause of autism. the message is Not to associate one autistic person with all of them. There are different conditions of autism.

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Understanding autism | Brendan Metz | TEDxYouth@FHS
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Understanding autism | Brendan Metz | TEDxYouth@FHS

I think that it’s a very explanatory video and very informative. He mentions things like how they have trouble communicating and autistic people have obsessions. Autism is a Unique disorder, more like groups of disorders these are called the autism spectrum. he talks about his autistic brother and how he has trouble being social and that he has obsessions. the message was to Consider "wont vs cant" , don’t judge, talk to them and try to understand. The points and topics Brenden Metz talks about all relate to how Haddon views autism which is shown through Christopher's point of view. The trouble communicating and obsessions are all traits that christopher possesses.

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Top 10 SAVANTS With Real Super Powers
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Top 10 SAVANTS With Real Super Powers

this video is a way to show those with Savants syndorome have strengths and that there is more to them then being "useless" or just antisocial. Savant syndrome is a condition which those have the capacity/ability that are greatly in excess to that of which would be considered normal. People with savant syndrome are generally on the autism spectrum. the video introduces people with amazing artistic skills and mathematical skills. the message I saw was That just because those on the autism spectrum have many troubles socializing and some having low IQ some people have incredible talents including artistic and mathematical abilities and not to judge by what they don’t know and to see them for what they do. The talents talked about link to Christopher's character and his abilities. Like the savants christopher has troubles socializing but he is a very smart and logical person who also an amazing gift being photographic memory.

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Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity
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Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity

this video is about physically disabled Aimee Mullins and her talk about being disabled. she talks about all the Other words for disabled and the Values behind words.These definitions block out all the talents and abilities of those who are disabled. she talks about her personal experience with Good people who see disabled as strong and powerful. she continues talking about Language is stopping us from evolving. Adversity isn't an obstacle in life, it's part of life. she talks about how those who are disabled Shouldn’t be described by those definitions. and that you Can't achieve normalcy cause normalcy doesn’t exist. the message I received from this video is don’t judge disabled based on definitions and words. Don’t treat them the way you think they are capable of. These points and experiences that Aimee Mullins discusses all are in a way projected in the novel. Christopher's experiences with children in the book show the way people treat disabled people in life. Christopher comes across someone who calls him a "spazzer" and that his negative abilities will only lead to bad jobs and an overall negative future.

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