What does Autism really look like?

 

50th Postcard from the Edge of the Spectrum

 

What does Autism look like?

Last year’s ‘This is what Autism looks like‘ campaign:

  • Demonstrated that you can’t tell just by looking
  • Put a human face on a word that had become a misunderstood label

It answered the question ‘What does Autism look like?’

 

What does Autism really look like?

The reality is that if you are reading this, Autism probably doesn’t look like you:

  • it certainly doesn’t look like me!

Why?

Because most Autistic people/people with Autism, live in the developing world.

And currently only around 5% of my blog visitors are from the developing world.

  • A similar rate is also found with my Twitter followers

 

World Autism Project was created to help:

  • raise awareness of Autism communities in non-English speaking countries
  • increase visibility of those communities
  • give them a louder voice

 

Where the streets have no name

This song really captures the essence of my vision for World Autism Project.

  • Autism Advocacy without borders

 

Where the Streets have no name

 

Trees #KeikoMatsui #WordlessWednesday

 

 

Aspergers and Surrealism

 

I have always enjoyed Surrealism, in all its art forms.

  • Always drawn to movies with Surreal themes
  • Visited the Dali Museum and other exhibitions
  • Was addicted to the Twin Peaks TV series

Strangely, I’ve never taken the time to study the subject in any detail.

But my previous post finally aroused enough curiosity in me to explore my lifelong attraction to Surrealism.

Surrealism

Surrealism communicates by means of exaggeration and incongruous juxtaposition

  • It puts the spotlight on everyday situations
  • Focuses on a particular aspect
  • Places a seemingly unconnected idea next to it
  • Before magnifying it out of all proportion

It’s a bit like a caricature portrayal, except that with Surrealism, exaggeration is a means to an end,  not the end itself.

The purpose of exaggeration in Surrealism is to facilitate making a connection with/to something else.

Asperger’s and Surrealism

Juxtapose plays a big part in how I think and interact with the world.

Juxtapose invites us to compare A with B

  • To discover and experience the connection for ourselves

Surrealism then adds exaggeration to the juxtapose

  • Perhaps to enhance the juxtapose
  • Sometimes to ridicule, as with Satire
  • Maybe to ensure the connection is not missed
  • It’s a caricature juxtapose

Juxtapose and exaggeration are the raw materials of my blurts.

  • Except that it’s all intuitive
  • With the blurt created in a split-second

This kind of thinking is as intuitive and effortless to me, as social intuition is to non-Autistic people.

  • My only effort is in suppressing a blurt that might be considered inappropriate
  • But I’m getting better at this as I get older
  • Happy to smile silently and relish my unspoken Surreal juxtapose

 

Monty Python

  • This is the mattress sketch
  • It portrays the idiosyncrasies of social communication
  • The eccentricities of speech that are sometimes encountered

In my case, this portrayal is more the rule than the exception to how I experience social communication 🙂

 

Did someone say mattress! 

 

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