The Truth About Autism
Michelle Dawson doesn't drive or cook. Public transit overwhelms her, and face-to-face interaction is an ordeal. She was employed as a postal worker in 1998 when she "came out of the closet" with her diagnosis of autism, which she received in the early '90s. After that, she claims, Canada Post harassed her to such a degree that she was forced to take a permanent leave of absence, starting in 2002. To fight back, she went on an information-devouring rampage. Dawson has become a reluctant spokesperson for this new view of autism. She is a regular prolific blogger and corresponds constantly with scientists, parents' groups, medical institutions, the courts, journalists, and anyone else who'll listen to her stories of how autistics are mistreated. Her weapon is science. (Wolman 60)
What a wonderful insight. I'd no idea autistics could communicate or be communicated with in this way (at least a few?). The article “The Truth About Autism” makes it almost seem as though an autistic's condition may be, somehow at least, voluntarily chosen. This made me choose this topic and I thought to do more research.
Autism is a developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. People having autism have difficulty in communication skills, social skills, and reasoning. Males are affected four times as often as females. Children may appear generally normal until around the age of 24 to 30 months, although studies have identified signs of autism in children under a year of age. (Autism) .Difficulties in socialization is one of the key behavioral features of autism, along with problems of communication and imagination. Problems of communications often take the form of severe language delay, while problems of imagination are reflected in the repetitive nature of thoughts and actions such as hand-flipping or rocking. (Autism ,Psychology of)
Autism, which is a range of conditions known as autism...