Some more positive traits which are useful, this time in communication, either written or verbal.  Some of these come from my experience, and understanding after my diagnosis.  Please continue to remember that each person with autism is different.  The issues below may overlap in some ways, but I feel it clarifies some of our strengths.  As you read the following consider ‘The Imitation Game’ and Alan Turing’s autistic responses in situations.

  • Straight speaking, no sugar coating – we say what we think, how we say it.
  • Black & white views quite often – we see things clearly, say it, including in problem solving/ prevention
  • A fact is a fact – it is clear to us, it should be considered.  Others have not always recognised this fact
  • No hidden agenda – ie we are not out to hurt others with our actions, and communications
  • Honesty – it is what we think, we will say it.
  • We do not like to hurt other people deliberately – we are sorry when we do.

Where there is no trust, the open communication will stop.  Especially where it is not felt this is not wanted by others.  Meaning to a loss of ideas and problem solving and general discussion.  Not desirable.

Our communication can be misunderstood as we do not always reflect other forms of expected communication, ie voice tone and body language, or simply the phraseology.  However straight speaking should be valued and respected, and considered useful and understood in many areas of life.

These are just some areas we have made our mark.  Look out for more posts.  We are everywhere.

Look out for more from me.  I look forward to hearing from you with yours.

We are also to be seen on TV.  I’ve said about directors, and writers and film related subjects.  We are also in front of the camera on TV, being us, speaking on our passions, spreading them.

Some are open about having autism, with no shame of it.  In fact it can help them.  Just think Chris Packham, Ann Hegerty (The Governess), Guy Martin.  Speaking with enthusiasm, getting into their subjects.  Excelling.

There may be more, just not disclosed, or they may not be aware they have it.  Please tell me of any others you know of.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | April 5, 2021

Autism Awareness Week continued – Let’s play – at sport

And don’t forget sport, a hard area to fit in, be how it is expected, teamwork, planning.  But Autistic people are there.  Look them up if you don’t recognise them.

Amber Black, Mikey Brannigan, Jadyn Waiser, Breanna Clark, David Campion, Cody Ware, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Armani Williams.  Lionel Messi is reported to have autistic traits.

See if you can find more, and comment on them if you want. 

We get everywhere, maybe our minds help with strategy and single mindedness.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | April 4, 2021

Autism Awareness Week – The prickly world of politics

Politics is not without its autistic contributions either.  Politics needs a special mindset, viewpoint, maybe stubborn way, pragmatism.  Different ideas.

I have seen that some modern British politicians are now being discussed as having autism, or considered to have artistic traits.  It is possible that is so, but I won’t discuss those here, I’ll let you look that up if you want. Others other are Tim Fischer, Brian Gutierrez, Keith Joseph, Eamon de Valera and Thomas Jefferson.

Our thoughts are shaping the world.  We are changing it.

Now to the world of fashion, not an easy world to fit in.  Again autistic people have made their mark – using their imagination, finding their place.

Models – Heather Kuzmich, Alexis Wineman, Rachel Barcellona, Paula Hamilton, Desi Napole, Nina Parker

Designers – Isaac O’Riordan, Michael Ryan Andelsek Matej Hosek, .  Using their different ways of seeing to create.

We make our mark in fashion too.  If you know of more, please post below.  Spread the word.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | April 3, 2021

Autism Awareness Week – Authors and Poets – no autistic write-off

Now, let’s curl up with a good book.  A good story or a poem.  Or a non-fiction book.  With more autistic contributors.

Some more you will know – Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, WH Auden, HG Wells, Hans Christian Anderson, William Butler Yeats, Benjam Banneker, Stephen Shore, Mark Twain and George Orwell.

Autism may have given the imagination to see a different world, live in it, write it down.

Our bookshelves are now looking rather empty.  And this is just a small number of autistic writers.  Who has got a favourite author, who has turned out to have autism, or another neurodivergent mindset?  I’d love to know, please tell me. As a child I loved Hans Christian Anderson.

Yesterday I read that Rear Admiral Nick Hines had come out as autistic, saying that it made him see the world differently.  Autism is all too commonly seen as a lack of ability.  Nick said this was not the case, as it is not.  Stephen Shore says once you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism.  This is very true.  I was diagnosed in my 40’s with autism 4 years ago after struggling at work, likely aspergers syndrome.  Even within Aspergers it shows differently.  All with skills useful to work.

Some of these are –

Hyperfocus – (concentrate on an activity for extended periods of time)

Problem solving – see alternative ways, eliminating those options which obviously won’t work, improving those which should.  Virtually

Problem prevention – see a future issue, avoid it, due to an ability to process unseen systems, in the mind

Passions – not just interests, learn everything you can, I mean EVERYTHING.  Research with true passion

Order & precision – like things how they should be

Imagination – so essential to entertainment, inventing, writing, seeing/feeling/processing inside the mind

Saving time, energy, money, creating nice experiences.  Skills so useful not only in industry, but everyday life, improving it.

There is so much to find on the internet, have a look, and share it if you want.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | April 2, 2021

Autism Awareness Week – The weird and wonderful world of Science

I started the week with the elements making our world what it is now.  But that is not the only contribution of autistic people to science and inventions.  Here are more involved with science.

How many of these names do you know – Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Bram Cohen, Paul Dirac, Temple Grandin, Charles Richter, Charles Darwin and Henry Cavendish.

Yes, we are contributing so much.  This is just a few.  How many quiet individuals working away quietly in labs and other places.  Who is your hero?

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | April 1, 2021

Autism Awareness Week – Autism and Art

How about autism and the world of art. 

Just a few likely autistic people listed here, there are many more – Joy Adamson, Rafael Angevine, David Barth, Govy, Andy Warhol, Neri Avraham, L S Lowry, Michelangelo.

Our museum walls would be so different.  Less colour, less variety.  Less exciting.

Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | March 31, 2021

Autism Awareness Week – Autistic people in Music

Autistic people (or with autistic traits) also feature heavily in the world of music, excelling, showing up in talent shows quite often.

Just a few – Eninem, Gary Newman, Susan Boyle, Ladyhawke, Matt Savage, James Durbin, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Just listen to some of the lyrics of Gary Newman and Eninem. It will help open up the autistic world.

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