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Autistics Spoke, and you listened

Posted Nov 01 2010 12:24pm

Today is Autistics Speaking Day. Julian Frost, blogger and frequent commenter here on LBRB blogged the day as Autistics Spoke, and you listened at his “home” at africanjungle.iblog.co.za . Concerned that some people can’t see iBlog, he reposted it on his new blog at WordPress.com

I thought, hey, LeftBrainRightBrain may be visible to people who might not have access to iBlog. Besides, it is a much more fitting post than anything I can write today.

Here is his post:

Happy Autistics Speaking Day! There is a saying that if you’ve met one Autistic, you’ve met one Autistic. In the spirit of this saying, and of the Autistics Speaking Event, I have decided to describe a number of things about myself for your interest.

  • I can be up, shaved, face washed, dressed, bed made, breakfast eaten and out the door in under 40 minutes from my alarm going off.

  • My stim is pacing, and I once walked 5km to get an ice cream.

  • I find it far easier to communicate through the written word than through speech. This is because the written word gives me the time I need to organise my thoughts properly.

  • I recycle my glass, metal, paper and most of my plastic. I also leave my geyser switched off for all but a few hours each day to save electricity.

  • I’m a reader and commentator at my church.

  • My blood type is O+; I donate blood; in 2009 I received a medal for reaching 50 donations; and less than 36 hours ago, I went and donated.

  • I am afraid of heights, to the point that if I even dream I’m up a tall building I start to panic.

  • I’m an animal lover, and I own a fishtank with at least 13 fish.

  • I will never kill a spider, not even a dangerous one, and I’ve lost count of the number of sac spiders I’ve thrown out of my flat.

  • I am brilliant at Algebra, but terrible at Euclidean Geometry.

  • I’m a Software Test Analyst, and I learnt more about computers in the first two years of my job than in my entire life up till then.

  • My dream job is to make documentaries, and if things had been different I’d probably be a Forensic Auditor.

  • I’m an ardent bibliophile.

  • As a child, my favourite author was Roald Dahl , and I still think that Matilda is the finest children’s book ever written. My favourite author as an adult is Terry Pratchett , author of the Discworld Series.

  • I will never again read Dale Brown , Guy Bellamy, or Kathy Lette.

  • I think Red Dwarf is the funniest television show ever.

  • I find Reality TV boooorrrrriiiiinnnngggg!

  • As a general rule, I dislike musicals, and I enjoyed “ Mamma Mia!

  • My three favourite songs of all time are: “Bright Eyes” by Art Garfunkel ; “I don’t want to wait” by Paula Cole ; and “Sacrifice” by Elton John.

  • I can eat almost any foodstuff apart from Tofu – I can’t digest it and it gives me an upset stomach.

  • I’m sensitive to salt. As a child, Marmite would burn the skin around my lips, and I found bacon so salty I couldn’t eat it.

  • Last month, some organisations proposed a 24 hour Communication Shutdown to start on November 1st in support of Autistic people . The idea was roundly condemned by autistic bloggers, who pointed out that Social Networking was a boon to many autistics. In response, Corina Becker and Kathryn Bjornstad created the event Autistics Speaking Day on Facebook. I am one of the bloggers who joined.

    We spoke. Thank you for listening to us.

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