Lets Talk About Autism Stereotypes
Once I overheard a doctor say; ''Oh, so he's on the autistic spectrum...they are very high achievers you know.''
Now that's a doctor that needs to check her facts.
So lets bust some other myths about autism.
STEREOTYPE NUMBER ONE
Yes, I have a clinical diagnosis of high functioning autism. but does this mean I have a passion for science fiction? Absolutely no it doesn't, I prefer to watch inspiration,al, thoughtful films like Forrest Gump or The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith
I don't like DR WHO or Star trek. Although when I was a child I did watch the original 1960's version of Star Trek because I wanted to be Captain Kirk, and also because I had a slight crush on lieutenant Uhura.
STEREOTYPE NUMBER TWO
Contrary to the belief that everyone with high functioning autism and asperger syndrome are amazing at mathematics and physics, I can honestly say that I'm barely able to add two numbers together, and when it comes to subtraction, I dont even bother trying, unless I have a calculator in my hand.
STEREOTYPE NUMBER THREE
We are all computer geeks and aspire to work in silicon valley. This is so completely untrue, it makes me want to scream.
I have no idea how to write computer software, and I have absolutely no interest in learning. I cant think of many things that would be more boring
STEREOTYPE NUMBER FOUR
Everyone with high functioning autism and asperger syndrome can tell someone when their birthday is on any given year.
Whilst I admit to knowing one or two autistic people that can actually do this. They are few and far between.
Personally, I can just about remember my own birthday, never mind telling you what day and date your birthday will be on next year, last year or any other year
STEREOTYPE NUMBER FIVE
People with high functioning autism and asperger syndrome are extremely logical, great at science and make the best physicists.
Totally untrue, I am probably the most illogical person on the planet.
My memory is practically non existent at times, and everyone that knows me, will tell you just how famous I am for always doing things the hard way.
SO WHICH TYPE OF AN AUTISTIC PERSON AM I?
I am one of those autistic people motivated by music, art, beautiful writing and photography.
I really dont care how many atoms of an element combine with another to form a substance I cant even spell.
I get my power and inspiration from nature, walking through a forest or along a deserted beach.
I'm motivated by anything I feel emotionally drawn to, like a magical full moon or a golden sunset.
So to anyone that thinks autism is just one thing...do your research.
WHICH TYPE OF AN AUTISTIC PERSON ARE YOU?
Author of: Looking for Normal (A Memoir about Autism)