Based on recent conversations with various autistic people across the globe, the consensus is “VERY VULNERABLE” – not because we may be non verbal or verbal but because many people in mainstream “THINK” and “ABSORB” human communications differently to our own.
Absorbing “Autism Mannerisms” seems to be a set paradigm with some of the human population making autistic people highly vulnerable, thus thinking and seeing that perhaps they have met someone on the autistic spectrum, when in fact – after processing (which can take days for us) we do finally “catch on”.
This leads to the question and a broader conversation: How many people are misdiagnosed and misrepresented as being “Autistic”? How can the Autistic Community create an approach for identification that is more reliable? Perhaps we should look to Rod Morris MA, an amazing British researcher, consultant and lecturer, known for his most recent thesis/book titled “The Identification of Autistic Adults’ Perception Of Their Own Diagnostic Pathway.”.
The research in this book “The Identification of Autistic Adults’ Perception Of Their Own Diagnostic Pathway”, combined with the very interesting film soon to be screened CONNECTED may in fact provide some answers.
Comments, opinions and the opportunity to open a global conversation is welcome!
Leonora Gregory-Collura, ©February 20, 2015-all rights reserved ~ Co-founder of the ANCA® Trademarked organizations and president of the International Naturally Autistic® People Awards and the, ANCA® World Autism Festival™, publisher for Naturally Autistic® magazine