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.

*Our Book “We Can – We Will (Autistic People Help the World)”*

21 Autistic Geniuses of the 21st Century
*(Contemporary) Autistic Geniuses
A Brilliant Madness (John Nash)
A Life Inspired by an Unexpected Genius
Absolutely Heartbreaking
*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
An Old Post about Creativity
Anthony Hopkins and the Suffering Caused by Unrecognized Asperger’s
Anti-Bullying Month (with Art and Music)
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
Autism Hall of Fame 2022 Genius Award
Autistic Athletes
Autistic Lives Matter
Autistic People Are More Creative Than You Might Think
Autistic Savants
Autistic Scientists/Researchers
Awkward in Person, Graceful on the Page
Be Proud of Yourself
Beautiful Music by Morgan Giosa
Beautiful Poems about Inclusion
Beautiful Quote
Beware of Those Who…
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
Disgusting – He tried to blame his autistic brother for murder-suicide
*Donna Williams Bravery Award (Autism Heroes)
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
Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World
Greta Thunberg and Her Critics
*Guidelines/Criteria for Inclusion in the Autism (Awetism) Hall of Fame
Henriett Seth F. (Rain Girl)
Horrible Discrimination
How Autism Helped Mahatma Gandhi Free India (by Frank Ludwig)
How Greta Thunberg’s Autism Contributed to Her Career
How to Nurture the Creative Minds of People on the Spectrum
Intense World Theory
Islands of Genius
It’s a Superpower
It’s OK Not to Be OK
Jake Barnett
James Hobley
Jedediah Buxton
Kim Peek (The Real Rain Man)
Let’s Talk about Autism (by Beth Hiatt)
Maja’s Videos about Autism
Marie Faverio
Meltdowns
Michael Tolleson
Morgan’s First Solo Art Exhibit
Morgan Giosa and His Blues Band – New Cover Songs
Motivating Autistic Students
Movies and TV Series about Autism
National Stop Bullying Day (October 12)
New Beautiful Creations by Morgan Giosa
New Radio Show in the UK for Gifted Young People with Disabilities to Shine
Nominations
Normality
“Not the Same” (Sheldon Riley)
Our Reality
Oxford University at 6 (Joshua Beckford)
Pets Good for Autism
*Poetry by Our Members
Positive Aspects of Autism for Education
Prodigy or Savant?
Random Acts of Kindness
Remrov’s Book
Rethinking Autism: from Social Awkwardness to Social Creativity
Running with Autism: the Anthony Crudale Story
Scholarships for Autistic Students
Selective Mutism
Sleep Problems in Autism
Stephen Wiltshire
Surreal
Talent and Autism: the Beautiful Otherness of the Autistic Mind
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 Complexity of Greatness
The Curse of Genius
The Genesis of Artistic Creativity
The Hidden Danger of Suicide in Autism
The Mind of the Prodigy
The Power of Different: The Link between Disorder and Genius
The Power of Introverts
The Prodigy’s Cousin
The Psychology of Bullying
The Truth about Haters
The Twilight Zone
The Upside of Thinking Different: Asperger’s, ADHD and Enhanced Creativity
Three New Songs (Morgan Giosa Blues Band)
Top 10 Autistic Geniuses in History
Understanding the Psychology of Bullying
Unlocking the Genius of Autism – New School in Riverhead
Was Michelangelo’s Artistic Genius a Symptom of Autism?
Wasted Beautiful Minds
*We Are Here for YOU
We Don’t Need Their Pity
Why High-Functioning Autism Is So Challenging
Women Who Don’t Know They Are Autistic
Wonderful Story
*Your News
Your Opinion of Yourself

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Happy Holidays

Hi, everyone.

We would like to wish you-all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year 2023.

It can be a difficult time for some, but try to be positive and do things you really like in your additional free time. Wear something warm and go for a walk even if it is cold, breathe, create something, listen to music you like,…

Don’t force anything, and if you really don’t feel like participating in a family meeting, say so politely. Love understand needs.

Happy holidays!


Horrible Discrimination

We have been forwarded this link and we are absolutely disgusted:

https://www.9news.com.au/national/autistic-actress-chloe-hayden-throws-support-behind-cairns-family-facing-deportation-over-childs-diagnosis/bd2297e2-c57f-4ac5-b36f-92689204f6b2

And these politicians probably travel in limousines, eat at top restaurants, sleep in five-star hotels, and travel first-class with the money of taxpayers – and then have the audacity to think we are burdens to society!


How Greta Thunberg’s Autism Contributed to Her Career

This article is a bit old and was written when Greta Thunberg was named “Person of the Year” by the Time magazine, but its content is still valid, and we all know how beneficial certain traits of autism can be. Sadly, we also know that she (like many other autistic people) is not understood or loved by everyone. She does not care about the haters, and neither should any of us when we are bullied or attacked. Why give narrow-minded, frustrated haters the power to feel important and win?

https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/468091-opinion-activist-greta-thunbergs-autism-doesnt-hold-her-back/

The article was written by Sam Farmer, an author and public speaker with Asperger’s Syndrome, and we have now added him too to our Hall of Fame.


National Stop Bullying Day (October 12)

National Stop Bullying Day is just round the corner.

Whether you are a student, a parent, a friend, or just a good human being – it is a time to reflect, a time to really try to understand how it feels to be bullied. Of course it is not those who are bullied who are weak, but the bullies, but it is still annoying to be bullied, and there are even young children now who choose to die rather than having to endure the cowardly acts of bullies.

It is a time to do our best to help. It is not easy because the world is not nice, but every contribution counts. Sometimes a kind gesture can save a life. We can do it.

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-stop-bullying-day-second-wednesday-in-october/

And remember – the whole month is dedicated to anti-bullying!


Morgan’s First Solo Art Exhibit

Morgan Giosa just had his first solo art exhibit and we are excited to share some music and photos from the event.

These are his thoughts about the art exhibit:

“My first solo art exhibit, and it was sort of surreal. If you had told me as recently as 2016 that one day I would be exhibiting original paintings and photography in a gallery – even one as humble as the meeting room at the Windsor Public Library in my small Connecticut town – I wouldn’t have believed you. Never in a million years did I think this would be me; that I would make it this far. My brother was always the genius. I was the troubled one; the one with the mental health issues. Even once I discovered an interest in the arts, it was a struggle to create something presentable. I faced criticism and backlash from the people in my life. “You’re not creative”, “don’t quit your day job”, “you’re not a real artist” – these were among the things I heard as I battled issues with the hand dexterity required to paint a masterpiece and tried to work out my own style via trial and error. Luckily, I did my best to persevere, and didn’t let what anyone else thought extinguish my passion for the arts. With guidance and mentorship from an extremely supportive teacher, Maurice Casas of Farmington Valley Art Center, I was able to learn just enough of the theory and technique required to paint abstract expressionist pieces. Will I ever be the next Picasso or Van Gogh? No, that is highly unlikely – but the visual arts (and music) have brought me a form of catharsis and therapy from my demons and have led me toward the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for listening and if you’re interested in seeing close-ups of my work, you can see them at my website, morgangiosa.com” – Morgan Giosa

Congratulations, Morgan.

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Below are a music video and some photos from the event:

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Our Reality

On autism pages created by or at events organized by neurotypical people (in particular parents of autistic children) we often see photos of or read/hear stories of happy families and autistic children or adults supported by their communities. Money is often collected too in a way or another.

Unfortunately, these are rare cases. The sad reality is that many of us are still not understood by society (in spite of a lot of information about autism that was not available in the past). Not all of us have loving families either, and some even have abusive families.

It is good to show some positivity, but it can also be hurtful to those of us who are totally isolated and unloved to see too much exuberance when they are so broken inside.

Those of us who are isolated and unloved should not be forgotten, and maybe those who are happy should make an effort to make others happy too instead of trying to make money with those who are happy.

Everybody deserves to be happy and loved.