Achieving with autism
12/07/2010 5 Comments
There seems to be a common misunderstanding that people on the autistic spectrum may experience difficulty in living a ‘normal life’, meaning those affected by it’s syndromes and disabilities cannot function well throughout everyday activity without getting confused or needing assistance.
Yes these thoughts are occasionally justified, however it isn’t unusual to also find brilliant minds who constantly challenge past beliefs with great success coming from hard work.
As autism has always had an incredibly complex and mysterious past in terms of confirmed diagnosis, many famous people who have shown great creative flair throughout life have been credited with having the condition but never received any confirmation to answer any questions that they possibly had about themselves.
Prime examples of affected pioneers such as Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton are extremely gifted minds in their own right but was this down to medical difference or simply clever genes that they may have inherited from birth?
Sadly there will always be speculation as all previously named examples of brilliance have long passed on, meaning that testing and observations which could lead professionals to a concrete decision simply isn’t possible with current technological standards.
Of course this may change in the modern world if future medical advances provide evidence which offers a much more detailed look into how they’ve lived previously, but for now their documented behaviour can only be assessed by traits that are apparent for many affected people today which means no definitive explanation may ever surface.
Despite this being the case for Einstein and his peers, major developments thankfully began taking place over recent decades have totally transformed not only knowledge of autism but also Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition which is much more well known than any other on the spectrum.
Public awareness and information regarding life from an ‘Aspie’ viewpoint can also only further help make information more accessible through all types of media including advertisements to leaflets, helping as an increase in exposure as many more people can be reached by varying methods than ever before.
Another way of developing autistic knowledge to those who may be previously unaware of it’s positive aspects is by mentioning famous people affected in the modern day, icons to many who wouldn’t have any idea of problems that their favourite stars have had throughout their lives.
A prime example would be Phillipa Brown – aka Ladyhawke – who entertains many fans with her take on indie rock, coming as a result of listening to various types of new wave and electropop during teenage development.
Music was an escape that Brown had whilst living with Asperger’s, this seemingly made the New Zealander realise where she may achieve future success.
Perhaps Gary Numan could have been an influence as he also has the condition, something though which didn’t stop him achieving global fame as a solo artist with ‘Cars’ becoming his stand-out hit in 1979.
In summary, what can be taken from all this?
A diagnosis doesn’t necessarily stop somebody from making progress through life and achieve great things, it just means that every accomplishment made is much more worthwhile because there have been people who said there wasn’t much hope.
Chase your dreams. “I can’t” isn’t part of the dictionary.