What is Healing?

Filed Under (Acceptance, Art) by Estee on 25-05-2010

We talk a lot about healing in our day. “Healing autism” is the idea that we can get rid of it rather than letting it be. In this video from York Institute for Health Research, Holly Small discusses how dance enables healing by re-integrating our experiences with our bodies and emotions.

As we discuss the idea of healing, I’m wondering if we are able to view autism in this way — to not just create a revisionist view of autism, but even to reintegrate the experience — being a parent or a person with autism. The following video made me consider how we process experience as both typical and the neurological minority. Assume for a moment, based on our assumptions about rates of autism, that autistic people are the minority. I phrase it in this way because I am in the arts. I come across traits in “typical” people who are able to discuss their atypicalities and sensory abilities that seem outstandingly similar to autistic people, although some more major handicaps may not be present in some of these artists such as motor planning issues or an inability to talk. Yet the atypicalities are certainly present.

What I like about the following video is the way healing is discussed by integrating experience. Acceptance is like an integration of experience, and the expressions we make both scientifically and creatively become manifestations of how we re-integrate the understanding of this into our consciousness. The video speaks of other interesting things too which I could of gone on about (schooling for instance), but I’ll leave the rest of the video to speak for itself. Copy and past this address to your browser:



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I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.