CALLUM BRAZZO'S AUTISTIC LINCS: Achievements in abundance
Hello there! Callum Brazzo here, continuing to make Autistic Lincs.
Scrolling through the ever-present archives of autistic history, and by that I mean the news about autistic people and our community, I find myself yet again in a position to pick and choose narratives.
A 20-year-old man with high support needs and his mother in Birmingham will be given compensation for a previously five-hour round trip to his specialist college. His mother felt at risk by his “violent outbursts".
The 20-year-old man's outbursts could have arisen from various exposure to stimuli or changes in environment and routine. It's not my place to tell.
But the story is common.
On BBC News' website, there is a story about the rapper Neme who is working on a new album with songs released every few months, and has an autistic son.
Referring to her struggle, she is reported to have said: "I could not deal with the relationship breakdown, being a single mum and having a son with autism. I just moved in [to a new home] and obviously I can't have conversation with Larry. I felt so alone."
I won't invalidate her struggle but rather investigate the meaning of 'conversation.'
As seen last week (Canterbury Tales Of Triumph), the collective light stim video showed us that autistic people often communicate in robust ways. Non-verbal ways.
I have really taken to a saying I heard or read once or something similar that I have adapted as follows.
High-functioning = Under-appreciated;
Low-function = Overlooked.
When it comes to what a conversation should be and anything else we regard as an 'achievement,' the phrase above speaks volumes on how the autistic community can often feel.
I could have made an entire column on an image with text where “the implication that autism is inheritable and genetic and the mention of sex... caused so much consternation and abject horror".
In the face of what I've spoken about many times like ABA and MMS bleach, it seems that some people's priorities need to be readdressed.
I will link the original image in Further Reading And Events.
How we prioritise our focuses on an autistic person's achievements and capacity for achievements is zoned out when we believe in the 'high-functioning/low-functioning' rhetoric.
All of us can achieve in abundance with the right tools and the right support.
Further Reading And Events:
To Parents Of Newly Diagnosed Kids (by an autistic)
Autism is in your pants...
Agony Autie needs your help!
Arguing For Autistic Rights event in London (Saturday, late afternoon) www.workersliberty.org/ideas
Autistic Lincs Facebook Page:
Autistic Led (autistic adult support group)
Contact me via Facebook @CallumBrazzo, Twitter @CallumBrazzo and through Letters To The Editor.
Ciao for now!