Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Autism: Scientists Reconsider What They Think They Know
This is one of the most moving stories I have read this year. Apparently, the video has been out for a while, and I am just jumping on the train. I just have to say....this is what I am dedicated to. My job is to open communication so that people who are used to an 'acceptable' way of communication can see that any communication should be deemed as acceptable and appropriate (whatever the definition of acceptable really means).
Here is part of the article from Wired, The Truth About Autism: Scientists Reconsider What They Think They Know: "In a synthesized voice generated by a software application, she explains that touching, tasting, and smelling allow her to have a "constant conversation" with her surroundings. These forms of nonverbal stimuli constitute her "native language," Amanda Baggs explains, and are no better or worse than spoken language. Yet her failure to speak is seen as a deficit, she says, while other people's failure to learn her language is seen as natural and acceptable.
The video clip is 8 minutes long, but after I watched it, I really started to understand that to quote..." the autistic brain is not defective but simply different-- an example of the variety of human development."
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