This is awesome!!
Celebrating America’s birthday can be fun. Including those on the Autism spectrum. But imagine if everywhere you turned, people were making noises as loud as a bomb? It hurt your ears and felt like a physical assault! It was NOT fun for you! Your anxiety level felt as if a big truck was speeding towards you. You couldn’t run. Get out of the way. Similar to being in a minefield. If you tried to tell others what it felt like, they said you were silly, imagining things, crazy, or that it wasn’t “that loud.” Having your routine disrupted added to the anxiety. And also there was loud music, people shouting, dogs barking,. You might not be able to tell when the next loud noise was going to come from. Or when. How close or far away. And you were ridiculed made fun of and prevented from covering your ears to protect yourself. If you said-that is if you could speak at all-those around you didn’t believe you. If all this sensory overload led to a meltdown, you were laughed at, punished, and maybe kept from doing the only things that filtered out the assault. Perhaps accused of ruining everybody else’s “fun.” Then came fireworks displays that are as loud as a jet plane. While the blow to your system continues without let up. That is what Independence day can be like for somebody with Autism. While some of the festivities may prove to be enjoyable, please be considerate. Especially around sensory sensitive children. Adults can walk away from the noise. Children-often taken to a park or other location-can’t.
A segment from the film “Making Our Way: Autism” about the importance of autism safety. Autism training and resources for law enforcement, parents, first responders and teachers.
Check out my new album, ‘Spectrum’, an album raising funds for The Heroes Project, an organization that provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Check it out at: http://www.ldok.net/shop
‘Through My Eyes’ live at Autism’s Got Talent 2012, an event at the Mermaid Theatre which showcases the talents of autistic people from across the country. AGT was specifically designed to be a show environment safe and open for autistic people and is the first known event of it’s kind. Sorry for the sound issues, the track was louder than I was!
DVD’s of the event, featuring Britain’s Got Talent’s James Hobley, Autistic Superstars’ Carly Ryan and Martin Finn, and a host of talented children and young adults are available at: http://www.annakennedyonline.com/page…
For more information on Autism’s Got Talent, to book tickets for next years AGT, or if you’re on the spectrum and have a talent you’d perhaps like to show to the world visit: http://www.annakennedyonline.com/page… – Cheers! Quoted from the link.
I can look you in the
I can listen to you
I can’t do both
said so many autistic people.
Kyle Coleman was diagnosed with “common Autism” at age three. However he soon stopped talking and has never spoken a full sentence. He had an affinity with music and first sang Walking on air at age six. The singing eventually stopped and was virtually mute till his mid twenties. In 2009 he started singing again after his mother took him to music therapy. He has released an album of original material called Beyond the syntax. Quoted from the link. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2598153/Autistic-man-hardly-spoken-entire-life-stunned-family-SINGING-released-album.html
I have an idea for an Autism education program. Not a flashblog book or video. Made strictly by people on the spectrum. Have a room where people sit down watch and listen. Have somebody talk, a film maybe. So many times I have heard that we don’t know what Autism moms go through. What about a speaker who’s child was one of those who was killed? A sensory simulation with very bright lights, hot or cold temperatures and an unpleasant smell? If NT’s began to cover their ears or hold their nose, do “Quiet hands” and hold their hands in their laps? Call it Autism beyond the blue light and hold it during April? When people light it up blue. Tell them the truth!! So many Spectrumites speak up on Twitter blogs and Facebook only. Saying how bad things are and that nobody pays attention. Go to where the NT’s are!! Tell them abut Autism speaks. About the center where children are tortured. Tell them about the killing. About the discrimination in housing employment and parks. Tell them about the bullying. Many people are ignorant. But I can’t do this alone. And don’t know anyone on the spectrum here. Would like as many people with Autism involved as possible. Even nationally. This picture is from Twitter.