My theory of this Autism epidemic

Am I the only one who notices all the talk and all the stories about the epidemic of Autism over the past few years?  Everyone rallies around a good cause, and the in vogue cause now is Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you read the stories or watch the commercials you hear how 1 in 20 kids now have ASD.  Wait it was just updated to 1 in 10… Now it’s 1 in 8!  Oh my oh my! What shall we do! Let’s do research.  Let’s wear ribbons.  Oh wait,  I know I know let’s all turn on blue lights.  Yeah that’s it.  Let’s be AWARE!
OKAY,  I am being a tad cynical,  but I have ASD and I am supposed to be a tad cynical right?

Here is my take on this epidemic; are you ready for this,  because it is going to go against all that ‘the sky is falling’  stuff you read everywhere else.
ASD HAS ALWAYS BEEN AROUND.  That’s right there is no epidemic.
Think about it…. Now you’re saying to your self  ‘this guy is an idiot‘.  Good because if you are saying that,  it means I pushed you out of your little bubble of understanding. The very bubble most likely created by organizations such as Autism Speaks or the CDC.

You see they need a an epidemic. They need you to freak out and donate to such a good and worthwhile cause.  But think about this for a moment.  What if Autism isn’t on t

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English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d’Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

he up rise? What if DIAGNOSING Autism is the only thing on the rise?
We have all heard of famous people from history who may have been on the spectrum. Albert Einstein, Abe Lincoln, Henry Ford, Ludwig van Beethoven, Isac Newton, Mark Twain.. I could list 100 more.
These are just famous people. How many thousands or millions more are there though history? Sure the people I mention above where more than likely high functioning. So what about low functioning Autism? Surely that is new and on the rise, right? I don’t think so. Again I think our recognition is on the rise. 100 years ago low functioning Autistics where called dumb, retards, insane. Society locked them away to lives of hell in institutions. But they existed.

A few points to make on the statements above. First of all did you notice the list of suspected high functioning Autistics above are all people you studied in school? Notice how those people all made epic differences in history? Yes? Good, then maybe we need to re-think this mentality of an Autism epidemic. I mean can you imagine if Henry Ford had been cured? What if Abe Lincoln had been put on Zoloft? Even more to ponder, where would we be today if society hadn’t institutionalized all those ‘ retards’?

Autism is nothing new, we have been here forever. And we have made the world we live in worth living in. So the next time you hear someone saying we need to stop this epidemic, ask yourself if you want to go back in history and stop these people suspected to have had ASD.

Abraham Lincoln,1809-1865, US Politician
Alan Turing, 1912-1954, English mathematician, computer scientist and cryptographer
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German/American theoretical physicist
Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, Scottish/Canadian/American inventor of the telephone
Anton Bruckner , 1824-1896, Austrian composer
Bela Bartok, 1881-1945, Hungarian composer
Benjamin Franklin,1706-1790, US polictician/writer
Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, British logician
Bobby Fischer, 1943-2008, World Chess Champion
Carl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychoanalyst
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1868-1928, Scottish architect and designer
Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, US poet
Erik Satie, 1866-1925 – Composer
Franz Kafka, 1883-1924, Czech writer
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher
George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish playwright, writer of Pygmalion, critic and Socialist
George Washington, 1732-1799, US Politician
Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, Czech/Austrian composer
Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, US actress
H P Lovecraft, 1890-1937, US writer
Henry Cavendish, 1731-1810, English/French scientist, discovered the composition of air and water
Henry Ford, 1863-1947, US industrialist
Henry Thoreau, 1817-1862, US writer
Isaac Newton, 1642-1727, English mathematician and physicist
Jane Austen, 1775-1817, English novelist, author of Pride and Prejudice
Kaspar Hauser, c1812-1833, German foundling, portrayed in a film by Werner Herzog
Ludwig II, 1845-1886, King of Bavaria
Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1889-1951, Viennese/English logician and philosopher
Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, German/Viennese composer
Mark Twain, 1835-1910, US humorist
Michelangelo, 1475 1564 – Italian Renissance artist
Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943, Serbian/American scientist, engineer, inventor of electric motors
Oliver Heaviside, 1850-1925, English physicist
Richard Strauss, 1864-1949, German composer
Seth Engstrom, 1987-Present, Magician and World Champion
Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, US inventor
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, US politician
Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890, Dutch painter
Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941, English Writer
Wasily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, Russian/French painter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791, Austrian composer

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Black and White

My biggest frustration as an Aspie comes from the fact that the world is black and white. This is such a simple concept to me: there is right or wrong, good or bad, truth or lies. Yet most of the world I live in is gray! People never say what they mean. There are subtleties and vagueness. Half truths and unclear instructions.

Please for the love of God, just say what you really mean! And if you refuse to communicate clearly, do NOT get upset with me because I don’t have my Dick Tracy NT decoder ring.
What is real frustrating is when I see this happening to my 8 year old Aspie. He asks for a snack and his mother tells him we are having dinner soon. He didn’t ask about dinner, he asked about a snack. Just tell him no. Otherwise you are setting him up for a meltdown due to frustration. Just answer his question as he asked it. I see this happening all the time; at school his teacher will say ‘don’t you think you should do your math work’? Then the teacher gets upset when he says ‘no I am going to keep coloring’. The teacher, thinking my son is being rude, then tells my little Aspie in a stern voice ‘no you should have finished coloring earlier. Put that away right now and do your math! ‘ Well now my son has a melt down. You ASKED him a question, and he anwered, and then you yelled at him for his answer. You confused him, and you embarrassed him, and and you frustrated him. Instant melt down. More amazing the teacher blames my son when in truth she needs to learn to communicate!!

At the same time I have learned people listen in gray as well. I say ‘what’s for dinner’? I get back ‘I planed steaks but we can have chicken or we can order a pizza’. I just want to know what’s for dinner, and you are flooding my brain. I say ‘text me when you arrive at work’ instead you call me at lunch and wonder why I am mad (maybe because I’ve been worried sick you never made it to work!) I could give a million more examples however my point is this: I live in a black and white world so don’t get mad at me when I can’t do gray if you refuse to do black and white.

As an Aspie, and I am always expected to fit into your world and your rules. All while you make yourself feel better by promoting “awareness” . True awareness comes when you try to be aware of how I think and you try to fit into MY world.