/ FRI NIGHT VID: 100% Myself - The Old Man of Stoer
It's the third time i've heard "mild" applied to autism. My own experience, the girl in the video and i read it recently as a subheading in Mike Stanton's book on autism (2000). Seems a relatively common reaction.
Also from my experience it can not only be slightly dismissive but outright sinister. Climbing is no longer an escape for me here on the sandstone. I seem to be locked in a cage with my tormentor and his many sycophantic followers. My tormentor is a person of influence, locally at least, and assuming he was correct in his initial "diagnosis" then how am I to negotiate the social mire that he has placed before me. The character assassination that i have endured over the past 6 or 7 years since his pronouncement of "mildly autistic" has been as impressive as it has been effective.
Probably no point, i just thought i'd share my experience.
> Anybody else heard the "mildly autistic" thing before? Coming to the conclusion that it's quite a common reaction...
It's one of those things that depends on context. Generally, though, "mild" is not something you would want to use to describe a condition that so significantly affects an individuals life without risking causing offence. I would expect most of the time it's just used casually by people who know little about the condition to differentiate from what they understand to be autism (the Kanner end of the spectrum) and the more high-functioning end (like the young lady in this video). Generally, I would think people don't mean offence by using it, they just don't realise how hard life can be for even those at the high-functioning end especially when they're in their teens and twenties.
As for the video, I thought it was good.
Thanks for your reply. I've only just seen it. I'm sorry to hear what's been going on for you. These adult bullies are despicable, taking their own problems out on others. I wish I had a solution to deal to that sort of behaviour.
To answer your original question, yes, I've heard of mild/moderate ASD - both as a real diagnosis (from a clinical team), where its impact is understood, and thrown about in conversation to mock people. I struggle to keep calm when those comments are bandied about - are the people making such comments showing a lack of empathy themselves, or do they simply not get it? My impression is that autism is often misunderstood, and its effects under-estimated, much like Wurzel wrote, above.
Personally, it's taken me a few years to begin to figure out what ASD might be and what it could mean for the affected individual, and that's seeing it first hand, day-to-day. It's been called a hidden disability - some traits can be seen if you know what to looks for, others misinterpreted. The classic case being the 'melt-down' taken for bad behaviour, over and over, wearing away a kid's self-worth and leading to depression.
It certainly seems different for each person. This idea of a linear mild/moderate/severe scale seems inappropriate, and we've actually been told it is no longer used in diagnosis. I see it more like a honeycomb, with some functions amplified and some diminished. This can make unique and beautiful people, but I do worry about the negative effects of the social communication issues - is the best counter to that being raising awareness of the issues? Exactly what this great film has done.
Off-topic but in the same subject, I wonder what folk make of this - an augmented reality kit to help users understand autism. : https://www.dezeen.com/2017/01/08/heeju-kim-emapthy-bridge-kit-help-users-understand-autism-augmented-reality-candy/
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