The following guest blog is original content created by:
Allison M. Kramer
Adult Autism Spectrum blogger and nature/landscape photographer
I know that having autism leads to narrow-mindedness as well as black and white thinking (a naturally occurring part of having autism, not selective selfishness). I am reminding people with this meme that autism is a broad spectrum.
I look at my own position on the spectrum as if there were a buffet (in which I wasn’t invited to or consulted about). Whoever it was in the cosmos that attended that buffet of autism traits chose a normal I.Q., hypersensitivity to certain sounds (that are quite pervasive in American culture), migraines, gross motor skill impairment, PMDD, SAD and acute anxiety. Fortunately, for me, sleep disorder was left out of the mix along with gastrointestinal issues.
I am grateful for the things that did get left out and empathize with those who do struggle with the issues I do not. I don’t undermine or exclude. I believe that years of therapy and simply being alive have helped shape my broader, “grayer” way of thinking.
That said, it is my hope that others across the autism spectrum will try to have a broader view of their fellow spectrumites. I hope this blog post will help.
Please also know that having a single issue (auditory) with in an issue (sensory) can and does lead to a significant lack of independence and increased need for lifelong support.I am an example. I read blog posts about autistic people who have mild to moderate degrees of impairment with broader issues (communication, socialization and sensory), but do lead independent lifestyles. It is not all or nothing.
I strongly think that acknowledgement and acceptance (which most autistic people I have read about want) of autistics by autistics counteracts the loneliness and isolation that are pervasive themes of autism and I think the general population of humankind.