Autistic people are… teachers!

Autistic people are wired differently and think differently from those who are not Autistic…  and that is a strength that can make them innovators, and broaden our perspective.

Our world needs more of that…

Autistic people are able to contemplate an interest with absolute focus… and if we follow their lead we can remember how to find joy in Lego or Jazz or math or the movement of a a piece of string.

Our world needs more of that…

Autistic people are known to perseverate and that perseverance can make them wonderful and resilient problem solvers.

Our world needs more of that…

Autistic people are sensitive… sensitive to their surroundings, to sensations, and to emotions. If we follow their lead we can respond with greater understanding.

Our world needs more of that…

Autistic people are teachers… if we are open to their perspective and listen to their communication – whether it is spoken language, writing, art, music, action or behaviour, we can learn about another’s experience. Our world needs more of that.

It is time to be open to learning…

Our world needs more of that…

Celebrate Diversity- tulips

This post is a part of the Autistic People Are... flash blog. The focus of this is to work as a collective force to shift and change the Google search engines so that those who seek information are met with messages of empowerment, respect, and acceptance. We need to work to shift the negative messages that are so sadly prevalent about people with autism/autistic people. There is work to be done to reframe autism from tragedy and an epidemic needing a cure or a fix – to understanding that it is a part of the continuum of diversity, and though there may be struggles and challenges, there is also immense strength and beauty.

Related Posts:
Autism Positivity… and the motivation to reframe “tragedy”

30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.

© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2013)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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