That’s WHAT my friend James said when I told him something very cool. Something I was UNAWARE of. That in Australia they have an award event called Autism SA Recognition Awards” to celebrate and honor the spectrum. WOW!! We were both speechless. He said “Really??” James is 24 has autism and is fairly high functioning. He was literally taken aback!! Me too. We both said…”COOL,” in UNISON!!
Recently I became aware of an Australian woman named Allison Dix.She is a busy lady with twin boys with autism. Her11 yr old daughter Kristie has asperger syndrome and sings like an absolute angel.I happened upon her performance at this AWARDS EVENT! Which led me to discover Kristie’s Mom Allison and her site http://www.rainbowlandautismservices.blogspot.com/ at the end of this article PLEASE watch
Kristie Dix’ talented Performance! Allison and ALL under her AmazingRAINBOWare doing great work toward GAINING MOREAUTISM AWARENESS!! I have barely had a chance to research them and will hopefully be speaking to and about them VERY SOON! As I said a few blogs back AUSTRALIANS are not “Down Under.” They are “UP Above.” ! Far and away!!
I am so glad to see that we will have some great examples to pattern after!! What a day it will be when our family members on the SPECTRUM are accepted and understood to this degree! Celebrated EVEN ! I also came across yet another Australian Accomplishment. A full-blown Acting Co. writers, creators, actors and more. Telling THEIR stories. How incredibly informative entertaining and INSPIRATIONAL ! To say the very least. America likes to think that we are CUTTING EDGE on many issues. Well, on this important issue we are working with a DULL BLADE!
We have no problem awarding celebrities over here in the U.S. ~right and left. The list of award shows grow every year. So many that they can’t even televise them all. That is alot because, we know how they love to televise themselves. Now, yes… these people create amazing realities. They should be commended and applauded!! But AWARDED… every time they turn around for, ‘CREATING’ REALITY?!!! How about realizing REALITY and helping to CREATEArtistic Equality and Harmony? I would like to award someone for that!
Well we do have SOME creative arts going and that is where the momentum must continue ! There is a GREAT SHOW “Autism Sings” coming on May 5th…at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills visit Joanne Lara’s website for info http://www.autismmovementtherapy.com I also have info on that on my blog titled “MUSIC SOOTHES…” Some of you may have seen last years HBO Documentary “Autism the Musical”…Very cool, Very needed!! One of the boys from the documentary coincedentally named “Wyatt” is also in “Autism Sings!”
The need to create to feel self worth is INSTINCTUAL. It is to be respected and cultivated. The days of just shuffling these kids from one gruelling endeavor to the next needs to cease or slow-up. Let these kids do the ARTS.Let these kids PLAY BALL! As I heard on the Australian news report I posted a few days ago …take them out in to NATURE! These are three therapies we can ALL TRY on a limited budget!! It is our duty to our beloved individuals on the spectrum…let them be as mainstream as they are comfortable with. Once they are out in the world creating… by writing, singing, acting, painting, playing teamsports or more.The sky IS THEIR LIMIT!!
It is their right . Their instinct to feel that they are contributing and serving a purpose in life! We need to make these HIGHWAYS available for our amazingly talented and insightful A.S.D. family members. And…AWARD THEM Accordingly!! BRAVO !!
I always picked Australia.It was my answer ~ EVERY TIME! You know the question…”If you could go to any country in the world where would YOU go?” I don’t know if it was my little girl love of Koala Bears or what? As I got older I kind of lost sight of that worldly desire of mine. Life kicks in, bills come and go.Life evolves…children are born. Realizing YOUR DREAM is not possible…your mind convinces yourself…”Heck, I never wanted to go DOWNUNDERanyway!“
Well guess what? Now that I’m all grown-up …I realize I don’t want to go “Down Under” at all. I want to go UP ABOVE! Australia is SO ENLIGHTENED about the spectrum! I think they need a new nick name!! AWESOME AUTISM ATTITUDE LAND !! Yesterday I was fortunate enough to view a news story from an Australian morning show! Megzz Megan Hammond provided it to me on facebook! She is an amazing woman who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in her mid-twenties!
She has an extremely interesting group called My life with Asperger”s From the title of her book. http://www.femail.com.au./my-life-with-aspergers.htm I highly recommend you check-out and join her group! She really is a phenomonal individual! Not only does she share something so personal and informative to the world. She is constantly POSTING AMAZING PHOTOS!! Truly…you will not be dissappointed! Thanks Megzz…YOU ROCK!
So now, back to this” bone I haveto pick” with OUR American MEDIA!! Please watch the attached News CLIP . http://today.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1040518 What struck me most about this “news story” was that it was just that! A NEWS STORY! Meant to TEACH for HELPING purposes. Not a “feel good” story with an antecdote or two. Sure that would be fine for a print piece or in a longer profile piece. However, those stories are few and far between in the U.S.! Seems, we save all the “anecdotal /feel good” stories over here for Autism “Awareness” APRIL. Why would they TEACHandHELP?! Oh yes…you might not make ratings with THAT brand of T.V.!
Ridiculous! Autism is not a sound bite for the nightly news. It is a way of life for over a million people…and counting. What will … serve OUR Community is effective dialogue, and practical solutions! Amazingly that is exactly what you see when you look at this story! Reporter Lisa is well prepared with an informative script and visual graphics helping to make her points. Very clear, very cohesive! Sally Thibault the mother/author featured in this story is an amazing woman! By all means check into her book as well! www.davidsgift.com.au
WORLDS of information!! C’MON people can we please take a look at the FOREST…through the trees?!! Let’s get with the program over here on our side of the pond!! Let’s look at AUTISM from a whole new perspective. It is crucial that we do this! There are more and more of us everyday and we thrive on GOOD information! So we need to take a lesson here on what is important! We need to rise to this occassion as our Australian neighbors have so rightly done! When it comes to our MIND-SET regarding Autism and Asperger Syndrome …let’s take a lesson from our friends “DOWN~UNDER.” Open our eyes and our hearts and rise…”UP~ABOVE!!
Could be aGOOD-THING...or…a BAD-THING. Depending on the cicumstances. Depending on exactlyWHAT… is SEEPING ? Nutrients, from compost enriching your garden? OR, water damage…from a leaky roof ? Benefits and Deficits. BENI’S & DEFI’S…Life is full of ‘em. Certain things we allow to “Seep-in” ~others …not so much. ‘QUESTION’... what ~IS~or… ~COULD BE~ seeping into OUR KIDS?!
For years now I have been hearing the familiar phrase ” ENVIORNMENTAL TRIGGERS” in regards to AUTISM! Could be …something from OUR ENVIORNMENT triggering a GENETIC pre-disposition. I have even adopted THAT MIND SET from time to time. It does stand to reason! Coincedentally~ Co-inciding with the “LEAKY-GUT THEORY…” which essentially believes A.S.D. Individuals have PERFORATIONS in their DIGESTIVE SYSTEM~PERFECT~…
So, something that SEEPS INTO your system will have a PATH OF NO RESISTANCE! Great. This “seeper” (whatever it may be)…can take the QUICK ROUTE through the PERFORATIONS in our kids systems! Therefore setting off THIS “chain reaction” that is Autism & Asperger Syndrome!? Well, how convenient IF, that is the case. BULLY, Many-Headed Animal, Super-SEEPER…Wiley Devil! Take YOUR DangPICK!!
As families we try lots of dietary things to try and balance theirsystems. No wheat (GLUTEN) No dairy (CASEIN). Some try lots of supplements…Vitamin B-12…NOW they are studying possible uses of VitaminD. There has been some thought about hormones.One that has been LOOKEDAT has an INTERESTINGNAME!…SECRETIN!! Secretin was the 1st hormone discovered. It acts as a “fireman”…(of sorts) It will extinguish INFLAMMATION in the small intestine. You know that is just too much FOR ME toresist!!! WOULD’NT that, be the biggest COSMIC JOKE of them all?! A hormone with the name “SECRET-IN”…being an answer to this puzzle we live!! I ONLY WISH IT WERE THATSIMPLE!
I have mentioned that Wyatt has very sensitive skin. Perhaps that’s why I have had a thought ~AN INTUITION~ that always makes me think of the pours in our skin. That IS how we take IT all in. Our ENVIORNMENT…we drink it in. We absorbe it. We breath it in and sweat it out. Such an amazing interlocking chemistry. This amazing body and all the systems that work TOGETHER!! But, what if something we are basquing in…IS SEEPING IN ?? Its not “rolling off our back” …We are not “sweating it out …not ” RELEASING IT ?
Instead… its entering in to this fine interlocking chemistry, this delicate balance. That is OUR BODY and BRAIN ~~”Our Physiology.” Once there, it does’nt follow the natural progression and exit as “IT”should. It SEEPS IN and builds up. Co-mingling with ONE”S DNA setting off a rapid chain of events. That essentially short circuitthe MOTHERBOARD ?
Then turning certain portions of HUMAN NATUREin another direction. Directions that go directly against THE NORM? How CRAZY is that ?! No crazier than a mystery wrapped in a riddle!! I have one thing to say to ALL of this world’s BRILLIANT MINDS!!!
…But DIFFERENT! Nice phrase! Here at AutismHWY.com we believe that…that is exactly what makes the world go round! Global thinking…It’s a BIG beautiful differing world we live in ! This profound saying has “come home” to Wyatt on a T~shirt for several yrs. now.
When Army Veteran Grampa BOB comes back from yet another Viet Nam trip. Same~ Same but Different! When you apply that to people on the spectrum verses typicals… truer words were never spoken.
Seems this saying is what the vets and villagers in Viet Nam have used to communicate for years! Arms are open …embracing the differences and celebrating the exchange! Much like what will happen once the AUTISMHWY is fully operable!!! People enjoying the “culture”~~OR the “actions”…the differences of others! Truly where human growth and spirituality come from.
The positive affects people in the world bring to us. Allowing you to “Fly… from the inside.” Sharing experience is at the very core of our being human!
I love what Dr.Tony Attwood says about the hyper focus and control individuals on the spectrum exhibit. It is to be revered and respected. My thoughts exactly!! Read MORE about Dr Attwood here http://www.tonyattwood.com.au/ Happily I am seeing this attitude more and more! We are ALL EVOLVING! Let’s face it. In the past AUTISM has had people down. Now the tables are turning! With acceptance and understanding..the cards ~are laid-out! The game is recognizable. Everyone can win!!
So as understanding and knowledge about individuals on the Spectrum becomes common. We can forge ahead!” SAME…SAME, But DIFFERENT!” People in the same world on different planes. Or people on the same plane in different worlds. However you view it…there is enough room for us to celebrate and respect what the other brings to the table! A” melting-pot luck” if you will!!
Realizing that we all have something outstanding to offer this world, is what keeps us motivated! That sense of accomplishment and self worth We all need it daily! We deserve it! Just like our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends on the spectrum.
In the past there haven’t been the venues for this TALENTED POPULATION! Now I see that changing and what a great day it is!! Autistic only sports leagues, award venues, art shows, musical productions & theatrical presentations!! Heck even a story-lines on network prime time tv!Woo Hoo…seems like We are arriving!!