Sunday, August 29, 2010

What is essential is invisible to the eye...



Link to Morton Ann Gernsbacher's short article by clicking on the above link.  She is on page 10-11, I believe, and this was written 6 years ago.

We are "like babies" when it comes to autism, as Neytiri would say of Jake Sully in AVATAR, Ben's favorite film. We are punitive, rather than doing the hard work of grown-ups.  Rather than see in whole what is before us in the autistic child, we punish the parts we don't like.

I've seen the magic of seeing what is inside a person who is unable to communicate the richness within, probably because of the Hub and especially Amanda Baggs. Paige, who is severely compromised by Cerebral Palsy, allowed me into her world when I taught a PMD (Profoundly Mentally Disabled) classroom. Turns out she is "profoundly physically disabled" to the point of having NO reliable form of communication.

It is magic, like "shock and awe" to the psyche. You are forever changed...

For my son Benjamin, it wasn't quite as apparent, as there was so much fear and denial and just goofy stuff mixed in. But the "universe" or God or even just my heart spoke to me:  "The really smart ones start off different".  They have less in common with "normal" or average than they do with those deteremined to be at the lower end of the the bell curve.  Probably because few ever come back from visiting that country without pre-determined ideas left untouched.

I hope this isn't too confusing.  I feel as though I'm babbling.
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