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)
How Autism Helped Mahatma Gandhi Free India (by Frank Ludwig)
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
Motivating Autistic Students
Movies and TV Series about Autism
New Beautiful Creations by Morgan Giosa
New Music and Art by Morgan Giosa
Normality
“Not the Same” (Sheldon Riley)
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
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 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
Top 10 Autistic Geniuses in History
Two New Songs By Morgan Giosa Blues Band
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


Two New Songs By Morgan Giosa Blues Band

Hi, everyone.

We are excited to announce two new songs by Morgan Giosa and his Blues Band.

Here they are:

“Folsom Prison Blues” (Johnny Cash cover):

“Mary Ann” (Ray Charles cover):

We hope that you are enjoying the warmer weather. I am going away for a few days with my family on the weekend. Some of the others on the board are on holiday too. Always paying attention though, as COVID is not really over.

Take care, each and every one of you.


New Beautiful Creations by Morgan Giosa

Hi, everyone.

Morgan has shared with us some of his new creations and has given us permission to share them with you. Thank you very much, Morgan!

Here are some stunning photos:

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And here is some beautiful music.

“Watermelon Man” (Herbie Hancock cover):

“Ghost” (Phish cover): 

“Every Day I Have the Blues” (B.B. King cover):

“Deva’s Blues in F” (original improvisation by Deva Varela, Frank Varela, Morgan Giosa, Alex Giosa, and Rudi Weeks)


“Not the Same” (Sheldon Riley)

We have been forwarded this wonderful, deeply touching song from the Eurovision Song Contest, which unfortunately most of us cannot follow live from here, but the replay is available on YouTube.
The reason why we have been forwarded this song is that it is about the singer’s struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome and the feeling of alienation among “normal” people and kids according to this article: He wrote his song for Eurovision years ago as a message to his younger self about the struggles of dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome and feeling “not the same” in his appearance, his experience and how he related to the world.

Well done – we hope he wins and even if we cannot follow live, we will check the news and keep our fingers crossed for him. Please vote for Sheldon if you are in Europe and can vote. It is an amazing song with a powerful message!

Lyrics
I was told at six years old
They’d avoid me if my heart was cold
Found it hard to talk and speak my mind
They never liked the things that I would like
‘Cause you’re told to play but you’re not the same
As the other kids playing the same games
Try to jump on in but they push away
So far away
I’m not the same, no
I’m not the same, no
Years went by I tried and tried
My father asked me if today I smiled
I said, “Yes, I did”, but that’s a lie
Oh, I always tell those lies
Then you run and hide, hide the break inside
‘Til you realize that the light shines bright
Through those, oh, who broke inside
I’m not the same, no
I’m not the same, no
I’m not the same, no
I’m not the same, no
‘Cause you never want to be the kind of person
Who can’t work it for those ones who can not word it
‘Cause you’ve been the kind of person who felt this pain
Oh, yeah, I felt this pain
So you go and leave the pain and find another way
To make yourself another game, maybe one for all to play
‘Cause it’s not just me who’s not the same, we’re not the same
We’re not the same, no
We’re not the same, no
We’re not the same, no
We’re not the same, no
Source: Musixmatch

Temple Grandin Quote: “I am different, not less.”


The Psychology of Bullying

Interesting article: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/bullying/the-psychology-of-bullying-understanding-whats-behind-the-bully/

We think that it is very important that bullies understand that they are weak, not strong. Punishment does not really help (in our opinion) – some might even enjoy being suspended from school, or might enjoy all the attention, even if it is negative attention.

What is really important is that they understand that hurting others does NOT make them strong or powerful. They really are cowards, bullying and hurting younger children, or disabled children or adults – always those who are less likely to be able to defend themselves. This is not having power. This is despicable cowardice.

Some of them might need help if they are abused at home for example, but these bullies should never ever be given the illusion that what they do gives them power.


We Don’t Need Their Pity

Paul has just forwarded this article to us… So true – we don’t need the pity of neurotypicals, and if anything, it is those who don’t understand difference (and that different is not less) who need *our* pity. Thank you for the link to this article, Paul!

https://www.kidspot.com.au/news/they-hand-out-autism-diagnoses-out-too-much-she-probably-doesnt-have-it/news-story/6166136da32115bd2638a32a008fc27b


Autism Hall of Fame 2022 Genius Award

Hi, everyone.

The winner of this year’s genius award is Donna Williams. Even if she is not with us any more, her spirit and her multiple accomplishments live on, and she has been nominated more than once (this year, and also in the past), an honor that she certainly deserves for her exceptional creativity and kind personality as well as for her brave fight.

Please take the time to also look at our past winners (this award can only be won once) and also at our complete list of members of the Autism Hall of Fame, as there new geniuses, in particular musicians this year.

Have a great Autism Love and Acceptance Day!


Happy Holidays

Hi, everyone, and Happy Holidays!
We know that for some of us December can be a bit tough – because of increased levels of noise, blinking lights, family meetings we would prefer to avoid etc. etc.

But we have to try and make the best out of the situation. Try to be creative, maybe relax in a park or go for a walk, and of course we are not telling you to avoid family meetings, but be honest, and if you feel uncomfortable, let them know. If they know you are autistic, surely they will understand.

December is a time to think of others, but we should not forget ourselves either and we should try to avoid stress and meltdowns as much as possible.
Try to find a balance. You don’t have to suffer and answer questions you would prefer not to answer at a family meeting in order to show family members that you love them. You can make them understand that you love them in other ways too.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us! Hopefully 2022 will be the year when COVID is finally defeated!