What Autism is Teaching us ~
I had the pleasure of watching a program called ‘Autism: We Thought You’d Never Ask’. This program allowed adults with Autism to ‘speak’ about what their desires are for us so-called ‘Neurotypicals’ to know. Some of these bright, happy adults used verbal language, others used facilitated communication to express their desires.
As quoted by an adult with Autism, “Under my facade of Autism, what you would find is an ‘individualist’ rather than a ‘conformist’.”
“Brilliant!” Absolutely Brilliant! I was thrilled to hear these magnificent adults speak about their desires for themselves which ignited my passion even more so.
Isn’t that what we all desire at our core? Freedom? Individuality? To live our lives without needing agreement of anyone else? To be free from conforming to the whims of others, of those who dictate over how each of us should live our lives? We are all Freedom seeking beings, humans beings as well as the animal kingdom and when we are not given this opportunity to fly and soar we suffocate, our life force is slowly drained from us. Just listen to the news for a few minutes…(that is all I can stand if I happen to hear it) large groups of people trying to dictate how others should and should not live their lives. To live our life in joy, love and peace, without having to acquiesce to everyone we encounter. Those with a so-called disability are fully aware and have the same desires as we all do, in a more profound, pronounced way. As long as we as a society feel the need to govern how others live their lives in the name of politics, religion, judgment and fear, we are all bound.
When Connor was little, his tantrums were often displayed when I wanted him to do something, therapy or “work” in hopes he would conform and “be” normal when all he wanted to do was enjoy himself the way he wanted. He was not being inappropriate, he was not hurting himself or another but I was still trying to make him different than he was. As I relaxed and allowed him time for his pleasures, a shift began, more ease surrounded us within our home I never anticipated.
This wonderful population diagnosed with autism came forth purposefully to live an exaggerated life experience/contrast in their daily life, to show all of us with more clarity than we could ever be aware of, that each human being desires the same thing at the CORE of our fundamental human experience.
I believe THAT is what these children and adults with Autism want and are teaching us! ♥