MAY YOU BE HAPPY,
MAY YOU BE WELL,
MAY ALL BLESSINGS OF ALL DHARMA'S BE UPON YOU NOW AND FOREVER.
THIS IS A LINK TO A VIDEO INTERVIEW THAT MY FRIEND LUKE, WHO STARTED THE ASPIRE MAGAZINE BY AND FOR PEOPLE ON THE SPECTRUM, AND MYSELF, HAD AT THE ANARCHISTS BOOK FAIR END OF 2010.
I was diagnosed with High-functioning Autism, or Aspergers, December 2004 at the age of 41. My Wife and I met in social groups within a few months. Same age, same thing. I work for the National Autistic Society, and recorded their first podcast which was for their ongoing I Exist Campaign, to be found on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKAM9W7kOyYI You get to see us here: :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dRBLYUWxyI
I have been recording music and making films as The Model Aircraft Museum since 2007. and starting live performing in 2010. Film here in the Videos section.
I have worked in a few roles in the Nas, including teaching Buddhist meditation for 3 years in an adults day centre and founding and running the adult social group on Tuesdays in the Ladbroke Grove centre, where I am still based. 2011 saw me training members of a London council in Autism awareness. I hope to use my performance and theatre skills to simulate the condition and to bring people into my world, and that of my kind, as well as to talk and answer questions. Should be fun.
I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN FOR THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY. I merely try to relate what is what at the moment.
I was a student in the Kentish Town site of the Poly of North London you know? Feel free to say hello if you remember me. x
Somewhere in the midst of over six billion human beings are you and I. Who are we?
Well, I'm here now, to some small degree. Bits of me, anyway. These small, tiny traces of a man, left alone in the cold dark of cyperspace, pixellated lights on your screen attempting to reproduce the words, the concepts, the message that was frozen here on this site as soon as I wrote them. All I want to do, is leave relics of my kind. Autistics. Aspies. Aspergians, the Neurodiverse. Mental cases, idiots and spazzers, mongs and spakkers and everything else that people call you when you are largely defined by a mental disability. Because in our society, competence rules. Smarts are currency and clever is King and cunning is Queen.
So what when you cannot compete? What when you don't have the looks, or someone took your legs away? What when you were born neurodiverse, on the Autistic spectrum? A retard? Mentally disabled, differently-minded, touched?
Now tell me, what if you never found out you had a mental disability until your early 40's?
What can I say? What should I give away?
This entire site is an attempt to leave traces of my kind. Aspies. Today I saw some hilarious film of children, one about 8 the other 13, who were supposed to be recovered from Autism. They were clearly merely high-functioning Aspies, with parents who had no perspective. They did not know what they were talking about. Meantime, the kids think they are normal people. Brilliant! CLICK HERE.
But when they are older, surely they will seek their true natures out? Then they will find Wrongplanet.org. They will find Jim Sinclairs writings and the collective of our kind, the social groups and Autreat and Autscape.
They may find this site, one of many trying to say here you are. This is what you are. This is why you feel what you do, or not at all as the case may be.
Simple as that.
LARRY ARNOLD IS A NEURODIVERSE ACTIVIST AND WRITER BASED IN THE SOUTH OF THE UK.
"We the people, who are neurologically divergent (autistic spectrum disorders, specific learning difficulties, adhd, tourettes, epilepsy etc.) assert our right to speak for ourselves in determining our rights to education, work, welfare and the right to be who we want to be.
We assert that we are valid human beings with the right to exist as a significant minority and call upon society to recognise and value our differences.
We call upon the bureaucratic systems of government. Education, Health, Legal and Social Security to stop disabling us by refusing us an adequate income, adequate accommodations for our different learning styles and forcing us to come up to others definitions of conformity and normality"."
Written by Larry Arnold.
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