This film reveals a lot about living with autism from the perspective of the person with autism. For me what was immediately clear was that there is a total separation between physical ability and "thinking". Tracy's articulation of what it is like to live with autism makes this separation very clear. For example, at one point in india he says of autism, "it is not abnormality of brain, it is abnormality of experience". It is deeply inspiring to see tracy and Larry work as advocates for Autism education. It is also painful to hear living with autism described as "a death grip on our actions" (tracy) and that "sorting through teenage hormonal autism was a nightmare". Very powerful stuff
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I also like the reference to "tie the the strings of fellowship" in Finland
In Drawing Autism, Mullin includes a chapter devoted to repetition and another that investigates transportation, "Getting from Here to There". I am interested in both concepts as they apply to art. "Mediation" or "interlocution" seems to be the connection between the two but I guess I could read more to find out. This concept would also tie into the use of technology for speech, etc.
I'm curious if anyone else has experienced an educator in their past that has been overlooked or judged them based on their personal opinions. I know I have.
I can't think of one specific to me, but I have come across it many times with students I've been working with, and other adults or teachers assuming that they can and cannot do something because of who they are or a specific disability, and the reaction to that being similar from almost every student... "I can do it" ( or at least let me try). I find it so frustrating hearing other adults speak to student like that when they are supposed to be educating them.
I am kind of trying to focus the environmental effects and supports for the children. A lot of parents had drug problems, wealth and financial issues which were causing emotional disorders for those students that I've worked with. In this case, I believe one of the most crucial environmental support should be first coming from the parents and then the educators.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.