Autism Hall of Fame (Awetism Hall of Fame)'s Blog

This is the official blog of the Autism Hall of Fame (Awetism Hall of Fame)


Selected Blog Posts

The list of our selected blog posts is constantly updated and most old posts will be periodically moved to the list of complete blog posts in order to keep the list of selected blog posts relatively short (or at least not too long). For a complete list of our blog posts please go here. We encourage you to visit our complete list, as it has many interesting old posts not listed here.

*(Contemporary) Autistic Geniuses
150 Pages on the Genius of Autism Wiki!
A Brilliant Madness (John Nash)
A Life Inspired by an Unexpected Genius
*Abstract Art by Our Members
Accidental Genius (by Darold Treffert)
Acquired Savant Syndrome
Actors for Autism
Actually Autistic
*Amazing Autistic Ladies
Amazing Contemporary Autistic Artists
Archery and Autism
Are Autistic Individuals the Best Workers Around?
Asperger’s and IT
*Autism Hall of Fame (Awetism Hall of Fame)
*Autism Hall of Fame Art Gallery
*Autism Hall of Fame Awards
Autism’s Hidden Gifts
Autism and Mathematics
Autistic Athletes
Autistic People Are More Creative Than You Might Think
Autistic Savants
Awkward in Person, Graceful on the Page
Beautiful Poems about Inclusion
Beautiful Rendition of “Reflections of Passion” by Jacob Velazquez
Bradley Turner (Autistic Opera Singer)
Bright, Imaginative and Autistic
Cameron Thompson
Child Prodigies and the Assault on Creativity
College Internship Program (CIP)
Dandelions and Orchids
Daniel Tammet
*Donna Williams Bravery Award
Dylan Pierce
Einstein and Autism
Famous Artists with Asperger’s
*Fifty Important Facts about Asperger’s or Other Forms of Mild Autism
*Friendship Project*
From Autism to Artism (by Donna Williams)
*Future Projects
Genius Genes
Genius Program (Autism Academy)
Genius, Creativity and Savantism
*Great Women of Our Time
*Guidelines/Criteria for Inclusion in the Autism (Awetism) Hall of Fame
Henriett Seth F. (Rain Girl)
How Digital Art Is Created (Angela Weddle)
How to Nurture the Creative Minds of People on the Spectrum
If You Have Time…
Intense World Theory
Islands of Genius
Jake Barnett
James Hobley
Kim Peek (The Real Rain Man)
Maja’s Videos about Autism
Marie Faverio
Meltdowns
Michael Tolleson
Moontain
Motivating Autistic Students
Movies and TV Series about Autism
National Bullying Prevention Month
Nick Bair
Normality
Nothing but Greed (Autism Spectrum Australia and Other Special Needs Schools)
*Our Future Book
Our Violinist Laura Nadine
Pets Good for Autism
*Poetry by Our Members
Positive Aspects of Autism for Education
Prioritizing Art in Schools
Prodigy or Savant?
Random Acts of Kindness
Rethinking Autism: from Social Awkwardness to Social Creativity
Robots for Autism
Running with Autism: the Anthony Crudale Story
Scholarships for Autistic Students
Stephen Wiltshire
Sydney Edmond
Taekwondo Black Belt (CJ Moore)
Temple Grandin on the Connection between Autism and Genius
*Thank You!
The Autistic Detective
The Autism of Asceticism and the Genius of the Monasteries
The Beautiful Otherness of the Autistic Mind
The Complexity of Greatness
The Genesis of Artistic Creativity
The Good Doctor (TV Series Reviewed by Remrov)
The Mind of the Prodigy
The Power of Different: The Link between Disorder and Genius
The Power of Introverts
The Prodigy’s Cousin
The Twilight Zone
The Upside of Thinking Different: Asperger’s, ADHD and Enhanced Creativity
Top 10 Autistic Geniuses in History
Triple T and ASD
Unspoken
Was Michelangelo’s Artistic Genius a Symptom of Autism?
Wasted Beautiful Minds
*We Are Here for YOU
Women Who Don’t Know They Are Autistic
*Your News

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National Bullying Prevention Month

As many of you surely know, October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

Here are some ideas how you can contribute, but of course at the end of the day the most important factor is love, which we can all find in ourselves (and then we can decide ourselves what to do).

Bullying is not a game and is never OK (adults are bullied too). Bullying can result in serious injuries and even death, whether inflicted by the bullies or self-inflicted when the victims cannot cope. Bullying is really, really bad.

This year we would like to honor this young man: https://www.gofundme.com/joshuadavies

The story is not new and was reported to us a few weeks ago (we had not heard about it when it happened). We don’t have an update, but we sincerely hope this young man is doing better. The last update we have found is about the trial about a year later: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11725238/Bullies-chased-me-throwing-stones-claims-teenage-boy-paralysed-by-fall-from-bridge.html

Be a friend, do not bully. Bullying does not make you great. It makes you mean, really mean, and a coward.


Nothing but Greed (Autism Spectrum Australia and Other Special Needs Schools)

We thought Autism Speaks was really bad, but it appears that Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is even worse.

They have locked children in cages on more than one occasion (http://a4.org.au/node/1272) and have the audacity to ask for money everywhere on their website: https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/getinvolved They even ask to be remembered in people’s wills!

More proofs of abuse (and photos): http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-16/school-investigated-after-claims-boy-with-autism-locked-in-cage/7747494

They have a huge heart next to Donate…. Yeah, at least they admit their love for money, don’t they?

And apparently children with other disabilities are mistreated too: http://a4.org.au/node/1051

Absolutely disgusting. Neanderthals were probably more civilized in terms of empathy. Not that the situation around here is perfect or much better, far from that, but I think that we have more resources to defend ourselves.

Parents, please always check where you send your children (to which schools) very carefully (and obviously not based on what these schools say of themselves on their websites)! Some of these monsters take advantage of the fact that some disabled children can’t talk for example, so they can’t tell their parents what they do to them. Please be careful!

 

 

 


Any Suggestions?

In general we would prefer not to differentiate between forms of autism at all, but sometimes it is necessary in order to find and/or provide adequate support.

Some time ago we wrote a blog post about why we should avoid the terms “low-functioning” and “high-functioning”:

https://autismhalloffameblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/we-should-avoid-the-terms-low-functioning-and-high-functioning/

Apart from that, “low-functioning” really sounds degrading and we don’t like it at all. These people often have other qualities, so to call them “low-functioning” is just not right.

“Mild” autism vs more “severe” autism also has its drawbacks. “Severe” is not quite nice either, although better than “low-functioning”. About “mild” autism: NTs often think that those with mild autism don’t need help at all, which is also a problem because those with mild autism do need help, just a different kind of help than those with more severe autism.

We also wrote a couple of blog posts about the challenges faced by people with mild autism:

https://autismhalloffameblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/majas-videos-about-autism/

https://autismhalloffameblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/fifty-important-facts-about-aspergers-or-other-forms-of-mild-autism/

So, what other (better) terms would you suggest?

If you have any suggestions please send them to our usual email address ahof_ceos at aol.com. Thank you!