Autistic Teenager Tipped for Nobel Prize

Filed Under (Autism and Learning) by Estee on 22-11-2013

It is important to remember what autistic people can do in light of my previous post this morning of autistic people being confined to the isolation rooms and separate schools. Imagine the emotional and intellectual starvation of most autistic children who live in isolation or in segregated schools which only educate the “lower skills.” Not everyone is a Nobel Prize winner, and creativity can take many forms. Non-verbal, “behavioural” autistic people are always thinking, even when they “look” autistic (and looking autistic shouldn’t be judged as negative!). This is important for every parent, educator and friend to remember – even if the skill isn’t translated into normative language. This mom’s philosophy of muchness is rich and beneficial and I agree with her 100%. Let’s keep listening. Let’s keep providing opportunities for autistic people:

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

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.