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