Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | June 23, 2021

Alan Turing – £50 note issued on his birthday

Alan Turing is widely regarded as the father of Modern Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He worked at GCHQ, where a large LGBT inspired artwork has been unveiled. He was also autistic

His work included helping break the German Enigma Code, shortening World War 2 by 2 years possibly, saving millions of lives. This is in addition to conceiving different ways that computers could be used, not previously considered.

He is an example of how important diversity and inclusion is in the work place, whether it be autism or other invisible neurological condition, sexuality or race. His and the contributions of other autistic people should be valued.

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Posted by: Jo Farmer - The Autistic Mouse | June 17, 2021

Autistic Pride Day

Autistic Pride Day is 18 June. Tomorrow. Autism brings so many skills and insights into the world. Made the modern world possible, and enabled us to survive many situations and thrive. Just think Alan Turing,

Nikola Tesla, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg. Not to mention those in entertainment, art, sport. Everywhere.

Yet it can be portrayed as something to be ashamed of, cured. Those with it perceived as needing too much help, unable to work assisted. Under represented in work, or in roles below their abilities.

I have struggled in work and only learnt I had autism by being put through a review process by managers who failed to understand me and ultimately being diagnosed. Losing confidence. A common route for many.

This should not be the case. We have so much to be proud of, so many skills, regardless of how autism shows. I can write 14 different ways (either or both hands, mirror, upside down, vertical). I’m not sure how useful this is, but it shows how my brain works differently, like with other autistic people. We should be proud of ourselves, and be valued by others, as we are. Not acting. Members of society.

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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?

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