What is Autism?

“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” – Dr. Stephen Shore.

“Autistic people are individuals. We are not all maths geniuses, we don’t all like trains. I am hopeless with technology and much prefer painting. There is no ‘typical Autistic.’ But I think we probably all like being respected and validated.” – Jeanette Purkis

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” – Alan Turing, creator of the first computer used to break codes during WW II.

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you

something else is the greatest accomplishment" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Disability 

Rights

Movement

Strengths of some autistic adults:

  • Accuracy

  • Problem solving

  • Innovative thinking

  • Pattern recognition

  • Quality of work

  • Dedication

  • Creativity

  • Focus

  • Honesty

  • Unique perspectives

  • Stamina

  • Strong sense of fairness and justice

  • Detail oriented

  • Good memory, especially for facts in their area of interest

  • Factual

  • Points out and corrects inaccuracy

  • Rule follower who points out rules

  • Clarifies truths

  • Champions right, moral, ethical, justice without compromise

  • Heightened sense of justice