Monday, 30 September 2013

Monday Muster

Happy Monday, dear ones.  Have a sweet, sad comic from Randall Munroe of xkcd:

Have you ever had counselling? Leigh Forbes from Life on the Spectrum is running a straw poll to see how many autistic people have done.  At this point it's purely about the numbers who have versus those who haven't - the details of those experiences and how useful it was will be explored later.  Cast your vote here.

Just lately we've been talking about creative autistics around here, and Daryl Hannah was mentioned.  Now, she's spoken about her diagnosis and the trouble the condition's caused her career over the years.

Speaking of the many, many expressions of autism, My Autism Looks Like is a blog that talks about all the very different ways people on the spectrum are affected.  It takes submissions (ideally with a photo) and features things like this:

original here
Autistic artist Anabelle Istic (note to self: add her to the list) has a guest post by Sam Noble about the skeeviness of stuff about autism that actually isn't about autism at all.  Rather, it's about what people who don't actually have autism think about it.  The example given is a play, in which autistic people are likened (for reasons I don't understand, not having seen the play) to dinosaurs:

"When we compare autistics to dinosaurs - voiceless, still, non-human - we neglect the fact that they can not only express themselves, but they can also hear us. 

"When a “play about autism” is really a play about how typical folks see autism, we neglect the fact that autism is an experience had by real people, not just a subject to be studied, or a trait to be tolerated. 

"Autism is not screaming, flapping, incomprehensible stress. 

"Autism is an identity and an experience that plenty of people do comprehend because they live it every day." 

And here's the producers' response, taken from their Facebook page:

"It is not in the nature, and usually not in the interest, of dramatic works to have a "balanced" viewpoint. Plays tend to be written from a particular point of view. HAMLET would be a very confusing and very boring play indeed if it were obliged to represent each character's perspective in equal measure."

I'm not going to pass any comment whatsoever on their decision to compare themselves to the immortal bard, and simply point out that Hamlet isn't billed as "A play about Denmark".