What is ASD
Hello, my name is Adrian and I have autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms that covers a large spectrum of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairments. These are characterised, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviours.
No two people with autism display the exact same behaviours or traits. A persons autism is as rich as their personality. So when we describe ourselves as being on the spectrum it’s as though we all have our own unique position on that spectrum.
My blog is going to change the way you think about autism for good. You maybe thinking autism is just a mental disability but I think it’s better to describe it as just seeing the world in a different way to everybody else. Those of us who have autism are affected by it physically and mentally but in a variety of different ways that complicate day-to-day tasks. Many of us who are on the spectrum tend to struggle with balance and co-ordination. Sports are often a challenge and when it comes to catching a ball, forget about it. We are often viewed as having muted emotions but this is a common mistake. Autistic people experience emotion in a different way and this can appear as though we are lacking. In reality we just have a hard time understanding emotions in others. We feel emotion but articulating and understanding someone else’s emotions can be incredibly confusing and often impossible,
Whats makes my blog unique
You won’t have come across many blogs like this one. My blog only exists because of some impressive cooperation from my friends, family and support staff. They have had to all work together. All trying to see the world through my eyes and thinking in a totally different way so they can help me share my thoughts and ideas on this blog in a genuine way. This blog is my voice and I can express myself fully.
I have limited speech and language skills which makes conversation a huge challenge. It can be very frustrating to talk to someone using my own voice because very few people understand what I am trying to say to them. I know what it is I want to say, but the words just don’t come out in the same way I hear them in my head. My brother Mark created this blog with the help of all the people in my life so I can communicate with people and avoid being misunderstood.
When I meet someone for the first time they often have trouble understanding my speech. It can take weeks before they start to make sense of the words I am saying and that can be frustrating for me and for them. Not many people have the time to learn what I’m saying and this can lead to me feeling isolated. By reading this blog you will be helping towards building a better world for autistic people. Sharing the pages in my blog on Facebook will teach the world to understand the person behind autism.
I hope that my blog with raise awareness about autistic spectrum disorder but also help people who effected by autism in some way. Living with autism shouldn’t been seen as a life sentence, its just a different way of seeing the world. With the right support and understanding we can begin to overcome the challenges and begin to see the unique potential in people who are on the spectrum. You may be surprise to know that some well known celebrities have been diagnosed with autism, Henry Ford, Steven Spielberg, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein have all been diagnosed with autism. We all have many amazing possibilities laid out before us. Like with anybody If we are given the right support we can achieve more than we ever expected.
My blog was originally an eBook. With help from family, friends and support workers, my brother Mark wrote and illustrated two eBooks to help me and others with communication difficulties. My brother Mark was inspired to create the book for me after a difficult experience with a neighbour. My neighbour mistook my limited social skills for intentional rudeness. Normally these sorts of misunderstanding are easily resolved with the help of a friend or relative, but on this occasion the neighbour struggled to understand me. The book was created by my brother for my neighbour in the hope that he would be more understanding. It did make a huge difference but due to the concern for my safety I had to move. but the book came with me and continued to help me connect with new people.
Mark and I hope that my eBooks and blog will reach out to more people affected by a disability, such as autism and inspire them to create a book or a blog like this to help them find their voice.