This is a link to all of the Autism Unveiled posts.
Autism Unveiled, Voices on the Spectrum
Feb 18 – April 2, 2015
“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” Dr. Stephen Mark Shore
“Performance, visual and literary creativity ARE the least-burdened, most purely emotional way to convey the experiences of people on every point of the human spectrum. Rooted in personal connection, the arts free us all to step into one another’s realities, exposing the juxtaposition of brilliance and confusion that is Asperger’s and the ‘normalcy’ that is quite foreign to so many of us,” – Jennifer O’Toole, Asperkids
“Autism is my destiny. Destiny is to seek – not to fight against. We may call the same word ‘destiny’ as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. If autism is my path, let me walk it well, let me understand my life walking my path,” – Tito Rajarshi Mukhopayday
The Autism Unveiled Project is a six-week project where people on the autism spectrum share their uniqueness. The kick-off was Feb. 18 with blogs by Dr. Stephen Shore, Jennifer O’Toole and Tito Rajarshi Mukhopayday. Each day through April 2, 2015, the Art of Autism will post 2 blogs from people on the spectrum sharing who they are. The people who have chosen to participate share their gifts, their struggles, and their uniqueness. They’ve also been asked to identify the word or words they use to describe their autism for the title. The Art of Autism has written a blog in the past about descriptors – autistic, person with autism, autti, Aspergian, HFA, etc.
Autism is a neurological variation (a neurodiversity) that occurs in about two percent of the population and is classified as a developmental disability. Autism has no socio-economic class, gender, race, country, religion, personality or profession. The purpose of the project is to show the diversity of the population. Through the posting of the blogs an art form in itself is created.
“The concept of neurodiversity provides a paradigm shift in how we think about mental functioning. Instead of regarding large portions of the American public as suffering from deficit, disease, or dysfunction in their mental processing, neurodiversity suggests that we instead speak about differences in cognitive functioning,” Dr. Thomas Armstrong
“For the most part autistic adults are a disenfranchised group of people. We are marginalized and have very little power afforded us by the majority. Collectively, autistic pride is not because we need to celebrate being autistic. Instead, autistic pride is because we need to celebrate our right to exist as full-fledged human beings,” Judy Endow, MSW.
Dates: Feb. 18 – April 2, 2015 (World Autism Awareness Day).
Blogs were listed as they came up starting on Feb. 18 and ending on April 2, 2015. Comment on the blogs and join in the conversation! This is an interactive project.
Aaron: Activist, Folklorist, Writer, Doctoral Student and Proud Aspergian
Amrit: I am ME Artist
Michael: Autism Santa, father, husband, advocate, poet, and #Aspie
Ashley: creative, charismatic, artist, and #Aspie
“Autism is not a part of me. It is me. My soul is autistic.” Mikey Allcock, 16-years old, United Kingdom, who was non-verbal until age 10.
Temple: Professor who loves cows and #Autistic
Eddie: unlimited creative ideas, inspiring person with #Autism
Luis: creative, talented and #Autistic
Patrick: Romani Gypsy, author, composer, artist and #Aspie
Stefanie: tall, loves Hello Kitty and Autti
Troy: overcoming the odds, attorney with #Autism
Austin: Married, male, cinephile writer with high-functioning #Autism
Kati: mother, student, recovering addict, bisexual and #Autistic
Julian: dancer, musician, entertainer, and #Autistic
Amanda: unique and wonderfully-made young woman with #Autism
Lucila: author, speaker, mother of an autistic child, co-founder of Autcreatifs and #Autistic
Thomas: Experimental filmmaker, film buff, good friend and #Autistic
“We will have true inclusion the moment we are able to accept another person for who they are even if they are completely different from us,” Gee Vero, Germany
“Really if it were not for my autism, I would not see the beautiful colors that I see everywhere, even in dust,” Jeremy Sicile-Kira, California, U.S.A.
Jeremy: #Autism is the prism which through I see the world
Benjamin: sensitive, loving art-oriented person with #Autism
Dylan: Talented, funny, artistic teenager with #Autism
Dillon: loving, silent #Autistic teenager
Andrea: previously a seeker now a happily Asper architectural photographer
Jonathan: witty, articulate, creative, cartoon-y, insightful, introspective, cinephile, pop-culture enthusiast #Autistic
Mal: parent, queer, mangaka, gamer and #Aspie
Kimberly: creative lady on the #Autism spectrum
Ben: magician, artist and #Aspie
Harrison: creative, imaginative, funny-person with #Autism
Mandy: mother, artist, writer, and #Aspie
Jane: parent, photographer, advocate, Jewish and #Autistic
Joe: smart, not deaf, love people, romantic, loyal and #Autistic
“I can see, feel, hear, and taste things that many others can’t,” Patricia George, Nova Scotia, Canada
Patricia: undine, photographer, artist, and #Autistic
Joel: artist, advocate, animator, all-round happy guy and #Autistic
Athena: Greek, abstract artist, photographer, actress, author, poet, and non-verbal #Autistic with limited language
Kevin: artistic, tall, loves music, goofy and #Autistic
Ori: creative, adventurous, goofy #Aspie
Nicole: determined, passionate, exuberant young lady with #Autism
Alexandre: funny, loyal, and lovable person living with #Autism
Maria: Greek, radio host, wise, poet, actress, photographer and #Autistic
Debbie: funny and #Autistic
Jackie: Christian, mom, advocate, entrepreneur, artist, poet, and #Aspie
Neri: Diamond in the rough and #Autistic artist
Ian: Proud #Autistic
Kelvin: Chinese, practical joker, Tourettes, young man with #Autism
Tom: CPA, public speaker, motivator and man with #Autism
Katiuska: kind, smart, artistic girl who loves Dora the Explorer and #Autistic
Nik: artist/autist humanist and #Autistic
Maura: Magical cheeky loyal Asperkid
Chelsea: Vegan, feminist, artist, and #Autistic
Gerhard: introverted, cautious, artistic and #Aspie
Brandon: Animator, Writer, and #Autistic teenager
Gerry: Philosophy graduate, introspective, isolated, artistic, and #Autistic
Grant: author, artist, advocate, a messenger and young man with #Autism
Maranda: artist, author, poet, philosopher, and proud #Aspie
I am Jake
Ben: outgoing, friendly, musical and #Aspie
Sarah: mom, seeker Aspien
Annaclaire: joyful, curious, experimental and #Autistic
Nate: sophisticated, hard to match, way too not in the mix, proud #Aspie
Tiago: thoughful, kind, creative, great sense of humor with #Autism
Stephanie: Visionary artist, over-looked #Aspergers
David: APEX singer, Automan artist and person with #Aspergers
Terah: artist, musician, chronic maigraineur, and #Autistic
Jayson: artist, music fan, and #Aspergers
Michael: artistic, easy going, friendly and #Autistic
Brigid: fire spinner, performer, writer and #Aspie
Jason: college graduate, actor, artist, radio-dj aka Captain Retro, #Autistic
Erica: mathematical and oneiric
Craig: Jewish, inspirational, life-changer, #Aspergers
Brittany: empath, creative, nerd, trustworthy, unconventional, persevering and #Autistic PDD-NOS
April 2, World Autism Awareness Day (let’s make it World Autism Acceptance Day)
Emma: an #Autistic girl whose body and mouth-words do not always pay attention to her bright mind.
Michael: visual artist, MBA, Asperger’s overcame 10-year battle with severe OCD … What is normal?
Jason: son, brother, friend, advocate, activist, mentor, liaison, grad student, tenacious, #Autistic
Thank you to all the participants.