I’d like to take a look at how hard ‘easy’ can be for an autistic person. For this purpose, I’m going to use actors in a play. The setting is a classroom. The lead role is an autistic student (played by me). The supporting roles are comprised of the teacher, other students, and any aides in the room. The antagonist is the environment. Let’s take a moment and look at a school environment through the eyes of an autistic student. First, let’s consider the setting of a typical classroom in an elementary school. The room is bright and colorful with […]
Pauline Hanson, One Nation Senator, and someone who should know better, came out today commenting that students with Autism should be segregated away from mainstream classrooms as they are taking up too much of the teachers time, at the expense of other student’s education. Apparently mainstream children want to get ahead by leaps and bounds, but Autistic children are holding them back. Pfft. What a crock of shit. For starters, let us not kid ourselves that wanting to do well at school is not dependent on one’s neurology, but on one’s personality. Some children want to do well at school, […]
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ASD is for life: just like having grey eyes, or short fingers. We can choose to change these things of course, if we want to; mask them with coloured contacts or long fingernails. But underneath they remain the same, our secret. Our global community accepts that eyes and fingers come in a variety of colours and lengths. We accept that some people are great at Maths and logic; others excel in creative pursuits of art and music. So, why can’t we accept difference in the way people process the world around them? Why must only one way be “acceptable” and […]
The numbers of ASD children are on the rise and so my services of workshops and advocacy are in higher demand. I’ve been travelling all over the place lately – metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas. ASD has no borders or boundaries; prevalence rates aren’t affected by race, colour or creed. What we know though, is that rates are on the rise … Teachers are reporting 3 – 5 ASD students in every classroom (25 to 28 kids) and therapists have never been busier. That means Australia’s statistic of 1 in 68 is way off target and the real figure is more […]