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18 Mar 2008, 2:42 pm

This is a pretty good blog post. Based on the content of the post, I think the woman who posted it was being sarcastic in the title "Autism - Such a Disturbing Word."

http://www.blogsouthwest.com/2008/03/17 ... cary-word/


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18 Mar 2008, 2:50 pm

That blog's very well written. We need more stuff, like this. :)


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18 Mar 2008, 4:28 pm

Yea, A lot of people forget that a large portion of autisic people are high functioning. I wasn't diagnosed at all until 2 years ago at the age of 16 since I am so far on the high-functioning end of the spectrum that people never noticed there was something seriously odd about me until I started having breakdowns in Marching Band when hardly anyone else was.



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18 Mar 2008, 7:56 pm

I agreed Autism isn't a disturbing word one bit.


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19 Mar 2008, 9:15 am

My mom is so open with people, even strangers who look at me funny. They sometimes are shocked and upset, as if they've been told I have cancer. Some have reportedly been disappointed in my mother for not being more ashamed of me. Me, I'm surprised so many people in this hick town have even a vague idea what autism is. :)

Weird thing: the day I told my drama class, five people who had been scrupulously avoiding me decided to befriend me.


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19 Mar 2008, 10:11 am

People tell me, that I seem perfectly normal to them, after I come out of the Asperger's closet, after knowing them for two months.


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19 Mar 2008, 10:32 am

best is when they say you "seem normal" like a compliment...

as in "You could pass for normal! well done!"



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20 Mar 2008, 8:26 am

The word means different things to everyone as the umbrella term "autism" is all encompassing.

To me, autism equates to a quiet word that keeps to itself, likes doing the same things over and over again, cannot really do "normal" things, but doesn't really care either; harms no one unless they harm it, and ultimately, just wishes to be left alone. There's some pain when autism cannot handle the noise, and it might go and bang its head, cut itself, or pop a tranquilizer, but this is just in response to trying to do something that autism cannot do.

Your mileage will vary depending on how it affects you, or those around you.