From Aspergers and Autism Awareness Guild
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My brother has many of these traits
|Angelbaby In Love Wrote:|
If you're sick of hearing about all the "deficits" challenging people on the
autism spectrum, join the club! But for every down side to autism, there
seems to be a positive -- an unusual trait that rarely appears among the
"typical" community, but shines out among autistic folk. These plusses are
well worth celebrating.
1. Autistic People Rarely Lie
We all claim to value the truth, but almost all of us tell little white
lies. All, that is, except people on the autism spectrum. To them, truth is
truth -- and a good word from a person on the spectrum is the real deal.
2. People on the Autism Spectrum Live in the Moment
How often do typical people fail to notice what's in front of their eyes
because they're distracted by social cues or random chitchat? People on the
autism spectrum truely attend to the sensory input that surrounds them. Many
have achieved the ideal of mindfulness.
3. People with Autism Rarely Judge Others
Who's fatter? Richer? Smarter? For people on the autism spectrum, these
distinctions hold much less importance than for typical folks. In fact,
people on the spectrum often see through such surface appearances to
discover the real person.
4. Autistic People are Passionate
Of course, not all autistic people are alike. But many are truly passionate
about the things, ideas and people in their lives. How many "typical" people
can say the same?
5. People with Autism Are Not Tied to Social Expectations
If you've ever bought a car, played a game or joined a club to fit in, you
know how hard it is to be true to yourself. But for people with autism,
social expectations can be honestly irrelevant. What matters is true liking,
interest and passion -- not keeping up with the Joneses.
6. People with Autism Have Terrific Memories
How often do typical people forget directions, or fail to take note of
colors, names, and other details? People on the autism spectrum are often
much more tuned in to details. They may have a much better memory than their
typical peers for all kind of critical details.
7. Autistic People Are Less Materialistic
Of course, this is not universally true -- but in general, people with
autism are far less concerned with outward appearance than their typical
peers. As a result, they worry less about brand names, hairstyles and other
expensive but unimportant externals than most people do.
8. Autistic People Play Fewer Head Games
Who was that woman, and why were you looking at her? I know I TOLD you I
didn't mind if you went out, but why did you believe me? Most autistic
people don't play games like these -- and they assume that you won't either.
It's a refreshing and wonderful change from the Peyton Place emotional
roller coaster that mars too many typical relationships!
9. Autistic People Have Fewer Hidden Agendas
Most of the time, if a person on the autism spectrum tells you what he wants
-- he is telling you what he wants. No need to beat around the bush, second
guess, and hope you're reading between the lines!
10. People with Autism Open New Doors for Neurotypicals
For some of us neurotypicals, having an autistic person in our lives has had
a profound positive impact on our perceptions, beliefs and expectations. For
me, at least, being the mom of a son on the autism spectrum has released me
from a lifetime of "should" -- and offered me a new world of "is."