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 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
100 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)
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
Autistic and Gifted
Autistic People Are More Creative Than You Might Think
Autistic Savants
Beautiful Poems about Inclusion
Beautiful Rendition of “Reflections of Passion” by Jacob Velazquez
Bullying Awareness Week
Cameron Thompson
Child Prodigies and the Assault on Creativity
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
Friends
*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
Happy Human Rights Day!
Henriett Seth F. (Rain Girl)
Horse Who Helped Autistic Boy
How Digital Art Is Created (Angela Weddle)
How to Nurture the Creative Minds of People on the Spectrum
“I saw being autistic as an opportunity, not a weakness” (Jonathan Andrews)
If You Really Want to See What People Are…
Intense World Theory
Islands of Genius
Jake Barnett
James Hobley
Kim Peek (The Real Rain Man)
Maja’s Videos about Autism
Marie Faverio
Max and the Whale (by Steve Selpal)
Michael Tolleson
Moontain
Motivating Autistic Students
Munch’s “The Scream”
Nick Bair
No Bully(ing)
Normality
Our First Birthday!
Our Violinist Laura Nadine
Paul Fulton’s Abstract Art
Pets Good for Autism
Please Stand By
*Poetry by Our Members
Positive Aspects of Autism for Education
Prodigy or Savant?
Rethinking Autism: from Social Awkwardness to Social Creativity
Running with Autism: the Anthony Crudale Story
Scholarships for Autistic Adults
Seven Things You Can Learn from Autistic Geniuses
Stephen Wiltshire
Taekwondo Black Belt (CJ Moore)
Temple Grandin on the Connection between Autism and Genius
*Thank You!
The Autistic Detective
The Beautiful Otherness of the Autistic Mind
The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism
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 Prodigy’s Cousin
The Twilight Zone
The Upside of Thinking Different: Asperger’s, ADHD and Enhanced Creativity
Top Model (Nina Marker) Wants to Change the Way We Think about Asperger’s Syndrome
Wasted Beautiful Minds
What Makes a Prodigy?
*We Are Here for YOU
Wearable Social Coach for Aspies
*Your News

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A Brilliant Madness (John Nash)

Mathematical genius and Nobel Prize winner John Nash is usually represented as schizophrenic, but there are also more and more sources stating that he also had Asperger’s, including an excellent paper by renowned Prof. Michael Fitzgerald at academia.edu: https://www.academia.edu/33099050/Did_the_Nobel_Prize_Winner_John_Nash_have_Asperger_s_syndrome_and_Schizophrenia

Everybody knows and loves the movie “A Beautiful Mind” about him, but we would also like to call your attention on a video on YouTube, which is also quite good. Warning: Some scenes in the mental hospital where patients were treated with insulin might be disturbing to some viewers.


If You Really Want to See What People Are…

“If you really want to see what people are, all you have to do is look.”

These are the last words in the new movie Wonder (released in November). We don’t want to tell you too much about it in case it is on your list of movies you want to watch during the holidays.

We will only say that it is a beautiful story about overcoming the problems of being “different” and managing to make people understand your real value. Yes, it is so true. You only have to look if you really want to see what people are. Prejudiced people don’t look and miss out on getting to know many wonderful people. They are the ones who are to pity, not the ones who are different.

 


Friends

We autistic people take friendship very seriously. Contrary to what neurotypical people usually think, we are not only capable of friendship – we are capable of honest, real friendship, which is a rare virtue these days.

Unfortunately we have also heard very sad stories. Sometimes autistic people write to us because they have been hurt, betrayed, stabbed in the back by so-called friends (even so-called friends who allied with bullies who ruined their lives).

We want to tell you that you shouldn’t be sad when you lose a false friend. Possibly also because of the way social media and the Internet are, and also because of the way neurotypicals are, it is difficult to find real friends. They exist though, so don’t feel discouraged if some false friends have hurt you. You were just too good for them.

If real friends were everywhere friendship would probably be less valuable. Rareness makes precious metals or stones more valuable. Rareness also makes true friendship more valuable.

In this context we would also like to remind you of our Friendship Project.

True friends exist, but they are rare, and they will love you for your differences that make you so special and unique. True friends will also be happy for your achievements rather than pointing out your problems to make you feel bad. We all need friends,  but it is better to wait until we meet true friends rather than being bullied and betrayed by false friends.


Dandelions and Orchids

A few years ago Tom Boyce compared normal people to dandelions and people with a brain difference to orchids. While dandelions are able to thrive anywhere, orchids are more beautiful and fascinating, but they don’t thrive anywhere, only in the right environment. That’s why it is so important to give children and adults who are different the right support so that they can shine and grow into beautiful orchids.

Here is an article by David Dobbs about this: The Science of Success