Audrey Hepburn’s 5 Rs, Autism, and The Journey of Diversity

Just this:

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”       ~ Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993); Actress, Humanitarian

And this:

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30 Days of Autism is a project designed to promote social understanding and offer a glimpse into the perspectives of those whose lives are touched by Autism.

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Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Parent, Speaker, Social Justice Activist. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & neurodiversity. Co producer of documentary: Vectors of Autism. Twitter: @leah_kelley Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leahkelley13/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Autism-Leah-Kelley/154311301315814
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3 Responses to Audrey Hepburn’s 5 Rs, Autism, and The Journey of Diversity

  1. Pingback: Audrey Hepburn's 5 Rs, Autism, and The Journey of Diversity | Thirty … | Audrey Hepburn

  2. terri a. says:

    i am a member of GRASP. this is a response to a father’s request for help for his adult son with respect to confidence building. what we do with our toddlers, school-aged, teens, young adults will have significant affect to how they cope as older adults.

    [Is your adult son in relationship with other ASD people/ his ASD community ?

    This i believe, from years of working with now hundreds of ASD people , is almost always essential as a first step if confidence is to develop , as it must first develop through the practice of authenticity ,self expression and disclosure ( to self and others !) and this is only possible , i have found , in his own community .

    It is arrogant to suppose that there is only one society and therefore ASD people , their performances and needs , are assessed against the standards/ assumptions of that one society .

    There is indeed an ASD society and hence it has its own set of " social skills " .( i dont have time to elaborate here , sorry , but it includes literal expression , focus on info exchange , rather than methodology or political interests of self expression ) .

    There can be no practice of , nor indeed , even awareness of authenticity without awareness of self , and part of this flows from seeing aspects of self both reflected and not reflected in those around us .

    With many ASD individuals ,( except maybe within ASD communities like silicon valley or some uni campuses, and a couple of electronics firms i can name ) unless you re balance things , theres a massive over representation of the unlike people around one .
    This causes a traumatic confusion around identity and purpose , leading to issues of anxiety , depression , existential angst etc . These all relate to the persons situation of alienation not ASD !!!

    The finding of self through reflection of likeness within a community , acts as a launchpad into other societies ( for any outsiders).
    Thats when the social skills education of the other society can begin.
    There is no point exchanging the alienation of self due to estrangement from the society one finds oneself in , with an even more pernicious alienation from self (because one is living only in awareness of the external , including ones " social " behaviours , which are redundant to and alien to , ones needs and ones own society .. and ultimately oneself .)

    Because my time is very restricted i am only able to respond here to the emailer who raised this matter .. so no other correspondence possible, except from that poster . sorry . . ]

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