For twenty years we have been asked ‘So, what is natural about being autistic?’

And, for twenty years we have responded with ‘We are human’.

In an article in the Fall Issue 2010 of  Naturally Autistic® magazine – page 8, writer Neila Skinner broaches this subject with this: “Naturally Autistic” This term implies that nature plays a major role in our world’s makeup. We live nature so all about us can be seen as “natural” to our environment.

Ms. Skinner continues in her article: ….One way to restore the “natural” to nature is to begin listening more effectively to each other and to be more introspective of ourselves. ….to ask questions and to look into our own interpretations of the world around us, our personal reactions to peer pressure, our personal biases, prejudices and fears.  ….we are all often put in a socially uncomfortable position and too often “go with the flow” rather than take the risk to questioning the direction its taking.

Neila Skinner’s career as an elementary school teacher for the Vancouver School Board spans 35 years. As a district resource teacher she worked with children with learning disabilities and special needs, developing programs and consulting with a variety of professionals  in education. Now retired, she continues to support the specials needs and autistic community and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling the world. Ms. Skinner has been a lead writer for Naturally Autistic® magazine since the magazine’s inception.

Leonora Gregory-Collura ~ 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

2 thoughts on “Naturally Autistic®”

  1. A conversation, author Leonora is having with friends on social media about this question posed a few days ago:
    Amber Lynn Veronica Sutter Energetic, loving, precious gifts from God. Very natural…

    Leonora Gregory-Collura yes, my sentiments too Amber Lynn Veronica Sutter thank you for commenting and sharing

    Aliyya S Sadberry I agree

    Leonora Gregory-Collura I posted this same question one year ago, and got very different responses, years before I got even more different responses… meaning as the years go by on social media, I am noticing more regard for autistic children, people and their families – overall – and people are responding in a more positive light! Thank-you to everyone for yoru responses – getting many on all the other pages where is posted as well

    Aliyya S Sadberry Well it’s because ppl tend to get caught up in the “feelings” of words. Whenever I try to explain that a situation wouldn’t be right for lily because she’s not a normal everyday kid, everyone around me gets defensive over me saying that and tries to replace what I said with a bunch of feel good language. But I don’t need it, I know exactly what I mean. I’m not saying my child is less than human, but the fact of the matter is, she has developmental issues. If she didnt, she wouldn’t have all of these special accommodations. But as I said, a lot of parents need feel good words to get thru the day.

    Leonora Gregory-Collura Very well said Aliyya S Sadberry and I totally agree – you see it is not necessarily the population that has the problem, it is also society who needs to feel good because many without our experiences do not understand so they supply these feel good words that are not our reality as parents and or individuals like myself

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