“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” -Stephen Hawking This quote by Stephen Hawking can very powerful. Whilst he was severely disabled and unable to move by himself, it did not stop him from becoming the best he can be and one of the most influential and intelligent people on earth. To a person like Christopher this quote could potentially be very powerful, or not because he might not understand it, as he might not be any good at socialising or at being "normal" but he is very smart and concentrates on his math which he is very good at. At one point in the novel, the topic of Chris' A-levels in math comes up and they discuss why he should be allowed to take them much earlier than usual. Math is one thing that Chris' disability doesn't prevent. Whilst Stephen is disabled physically and says try to not to be disabled spiritually, Chris' disability is in his head and in his thinking. This quote however, still applies because of Chris' potential in math and other "logical" things.
This video is an advertisement about autism which takes the viewer on a walk around a shopping centre in the perspective of a autistic child. It is apparent in the video that all minor insignificant details such as what colour the shopping bags were, what fell on the floor, how much was it etc is all being noticed by the child who is trying to process it. As the video continues, the child's breaths begin to get faster and faster highlighting the fact that the child can't process so much information at once. This information however insignificant to us is all being processed at the same time in the child's mind. In the curious incident, highly detailed information is given to us by Christopher such as when he talks about his room or about places he's been to with a lot of details mentioning insignificant things which "normal" people wouldn't normally care about. At around the end of the video, the child begins to count numbers. We can assume that it makes him feel safer and calmer. This can also be seen when Christopher counts because it makes him feel calmer and safer when he finds out his father had lied to him about his mother as well killing Wellington.
It’s a normal day for Dr. Shaun Murphy, until he notices a commotion in the emergency bay. The doctors are trying to restrain a “psychotic” patient who’s fighting them. Shaun has an instant realization: he’s not psychotic — he’s autistic. He gets the doctors to stop trying to restrain the scared patient, to the shock of his parents, who clearly can’t believe that their kid’s doctor has autism, too (Summary of Episode). At first, the patients parents were completely against Shaun being their child's doctor due to the fact that he has autism. They are scared because they believe that he will have a break down at the operating table and do not accept the fact that he is very capable of doing the procedure. After their son has a breakdown and Shaun calms him down, the parents finally agree to having Shawn help in the procedure. This discrimination against Shaun due to the fact that he is autistic is about the fact that he, like Christopher are unable to do certain tasks such as investigating Wellington's murder and doing a procedure on the kid.
Dylan Alcott grew up disabled. He talks about his child hood and how his disability didn't really effect him until high school. This is when "boys started kissing girls. Boys started kissing girls. Girls started kissing girls. And occasionally boys started kissing boys. But absolutely no one started kissing Dylan". He talks about this section in quite a comedic sense which could mean that he is over it. He then goes into the next section about parties and how he was never invited to them. At this point he says that at the time he thought it was because of his disability and then one Saturday night he gets the shock of his life when he went to his good friends party uninvited. His friend explains that he didn't invite him because his house has a lot of stairs and so he didn't want him to struggle. He then goes on saying and explaining why he was so mad at himself for thinking that he was weird and that no one liked him because of his disability when really they didn't want him to struggle. He says that the whole time he was thinking that his disability made him different in a bad way which is sad. So many children and people thing this way and make themselves feel like no one likes them because of their disability. He says that he needed to educate them on the fact that he can use stairs etc as well as about other things. Whilst Dylan's friends were trying to protect him from something they didn't really understand, Christopher's father was trying to protect him from the fact that his mother left. His father didn't understand that he wouldn't react like a normal person and lied about what really happened to his mother.
In this poem, Matty Angel describes what they feel during an overload. They start off describing what happens during the start "... brain feels squeezed all thoughts ceased." Meaning that they can't think and all thought process stop. They then describe what many kids with autism do which is "I shut my eyes cover my ears but it won't stop... it brings tears... I hum and rock". Many people don't and couldn't understand what people with autism experience during this type of "overload", however this poem helps the reader understand to an extent what is happening inside their head. This particular poem is seen through Christopher's actions when Mrs Shears screams at him after she sees him next to her dead dog. "I put my hands over my ears and closed my eyes and rolled forward till I was hunched up with my forehead pressed onto the grass." "... I made the noise father calls groaning." These actions are the same or are similar to the ones in the poem and show how many children with autism react to an overload of information.
Benjamin has Asperger syndrome which is a form of autism. Benjamin's dad said "jumping from school to school hasn't been easy for Benjamin to put himself out there". After being tasked with a homework assignment to make an "I am" poem, Benjamin wrote that he is “odd” and “new” and that he feels “like a castaway.” He also mentions that he feels like he is "out of place" and is "in outer space". This means that Benjamin like other children with Autism feels like he doesn't fit in with the rest of the children thereby he feels "out of place" and in "outer space". He also says "I want to not feel blue", which means that he doesn't want to feel sad as blue in art as well as other things can be seen as sadness and is used to portray it in famous art works. Benjamin constantly reminds us that he is "odd" and "new" which means that he is aware that he is different to other children. Perhaps by the verse "I pretend that you are too" he means that is the way he copes with being different to everyone else. Unlike in this poem, Christopher, who is also autistic, likes to pretend that he is in space or deep below the ocean where he is alone and no one can find him. This shows that there are different types of people with autism and that their way of feeling comfortable.
Michelle, a 20 year old women who suffers from a rare genetic disease called Hallermann-Streiff syndrome which has 28 characteristics (she only suffers 26), is a very capable young women who is smart and happy. She struggles with being lonely. As her mother says "kids are nice to her, but she never developed friendships..." Michelle talks about how she wants a boyfriend and that her sister had got one at the end of high school, she mentions what she will look for in a man: "long hair... period." The fact that she is twenty and hasn't had a boyfriend is sad. She wants to become a pediatric doctor and has 2 backup jobs if she doesn't get the job. In "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", Christopher talks about what he wants to do after he finishes and passes his A-level math test. He describes the life he wants which includes having a wife to take care of him. Whilst being autistic doesn't make you look different it does make you behave differently. This "difference" often has others react in a negative way not wanting to know the person better because they are different to them. Michelle unlike Chris, looks different but behaves normally. This difference most likely made many guys feel uncomfortable as well as judge her based on how she looks.
Portia is a girl that started off with a mental delay that later on was diagnosed as "Cri du Chat" syndrome which is a deletion in the small arm of her 5th chromosome also known as 5P- where she was at the milder end of the spectrum. Unlike many kids who suffer from this she was more able which is why it was only picked up on when she was a little older. As a result of this syndrome her speech is slow and she is slower at learning things. The video shows how she struggles to get a job like her two younger sisters after graduating high school. After two and a half years of going from store to store handing out CV's she goes into this program called "creative spirit" that helps people like Portia to get entry-level jobs. She is then accepted to a payed job doing things like filling the paper trays in the printers, making sure the kitchen is stocked up etc which made her extremely happy. Something I took from this video is to never give up. In "The Curious Incident", Chris and his father are talking to the head mistress of Chris' school about his A-level test which he wants to take. Whilst it is not directly said, I believe that the Headmistress was concerned about Chris' ability to find a job and generally fit in society which is what Portia is having problems with. Whilst Portia doesn't have autism, she does have a learning disability which makes it hard for her to "go on in the game of life".