Autistics - aliens among us

They are just like us. Only other. Our world outside. Them — inside. They are deep introverts undiscovered talent with a phenomenal memory, nepriemlyaschie any false, can not fit into our society with its external conventions. They — the aliens to evict foreign land without a handbook on survival. They're here, next.

«What's on his mind — says the photographer and father of the boy in the photo Jason Wilkie. — Sometimes I'd love to know. I think it would be interesting to know what's inside „

Autism is called a disease of the 21st century, and the statistics show impressive figures: every hundredth child is born with the problem of the autistic spectrum.

What is this disease that causes people to be afraid of, for example, clouds, forcing many times to repeat the same movement and the same time brilliantly solve math problems and write music? Scientists argue about it until now. Cause of the disease is not clear, definitive treatment methods were found. Autistic — as the book. Intelligent, deep, possibly brilliant. But closed. To pick up the key, you should at least try to imagine how they feel.

Thin people

Autism — a lifelong developmental disability, a consequence of neurological disorders. Autism is characterized by repetitive behavior actions (from arm movements to complex rituals) and the great difficulty in communicating. Difficult for them to enter into society, but this does not mean that they are closed. Just to touch the world, the world of the senses, extremely thin. Even the dim light can cut eyes to tears, clothing — scrape the skin and other people's lies cause headaches. They feel sharper and can not always handle it. The energy that the average person spends on development, they spend more on defense. They, unlike us, are not driven into the framework of social conventions in this Procrustean bed is not always in line with the rules of morality. We created the technology of survival, and they — have not learned. Compared to them, we — just plastic.

Honest soul

Director Dunya Smirnova, who with others creates a fund to help autistic and their parents, said: “This is — a soul that has not learned to lie, did not learn to smile at the man who disliked her, did not learn modestly silent, when I want to yell and scream in pain or joy, and so on — that's what autistic. „

Genius Kim Peek

We all watched the movie “Rain Man» with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. But not everyone knows that the hero Hoffman, a talented autistic, had a real prototype. His name was Kim Peek. Already three years strange genius was able to instantly retrieve the cube root and multiply three-digit numbers with decimal fractions. At 53, he knew by heart more than 7000 books, with particular weakness had for references and statistical tables. in scope and depth of their knowledge in the exact and natural sciences, Kim Peek could shut his belt any professor, which is actively used American universities. Over the years, many abilities Kim Peak became more acute.

Fathers and Sons

In Ray Bradbury has a story of how an ordinary family, mom and dad, baby. Normal, healthy, cheerful child. Just as a blue pyramid. At the end of the story, parents (as it happens in the distant future) go to another dimension. Where they see their children and each other — people, and others — in the form of cylinders, spheres and cubes. Families that are born with autism, fathers often leave his wife and child. Many give up, someone is humbled. But there are parents who go to another dimension, like Ray Bradbury. So, the father 12 years Alesha painted on all week days: Monday — a joint fishing, Tuesday — riding, Wednesday — teaching drawing.

6-year-old mother Pasha, who more than anything else is afraid of the subway and pedestrian crossings, and came up to teach his son to navigate there on the cards. In the middle of the day so as not to get caught in traffic, they went to train. But Pasha was frightened and cried. People passing by looked at first, and then wanted to call the police — they say, stole a baby! And it is almost impossible to explain that just a little bit different Pasha.

Girl Sonya

Shatalova Sonya lives in Moscow. She is autistic, and doctors pronounced diagnosis of «profound mental retardation.» But when she first came into the hands of the pen, everything changed. Yeah, she knows how to read, write, and her absolute literacy and… poetic gift.'s Her poems.

For some reason it is very necessary
Glass claret sunset
In the morning, turn orange.

His joy to paint
Houses, fences,
Crying and tears
Wash all the windows and the road.
All rubbish life
Powerful blood flow
Demolish and in your heart burn.

And it's not a victim, no,
And just to help the lost world.


Most children with autism in our country do not go to kindergarten, they are not accepted in schools, according to the mentally retarded and are just afraid. The diagnosis of «autism» — just for kids. After 18 years of diagnosis is removed and put the worst — schizophrenia. So — adults with autism, if there is no one who would have looked after them, waiting for the psycho-neurological dispensary. In Europe and America where people go ordinary schools and kindergartens, are first-rate in many professions. Without exaggeration: 20% of Microsoft employees and half of Silicon Valley — autism. autistic Woody Allen takes a great movie — «Match Point,» «Vicky Cristina Berselona,» «Midnight in Paris» autistic Perelman proved the Poincar? conjecture math, which was an unprovable, autistic Iris Johansson, who did not know how to dress themselves and there, was a psychologist and has dedicated its activities autism. Of course, not every autistic — genius. But each of them feels, wants to love, make friends, learn, work, wants to start a family, they have hope, washed about themselves, about the future of the world. They differ from the norm, but it makes a world of diversity and stronger, not weaker.

Life is banned

Most recently, students with autism and their parents were not allowed to tour the Moscow oceanarium. «The guys were waiting, ready, painted fish» — wrote the mother of one of the boys. First excursion allowed, but when the parents called to clarify details, received a reply from the director: «Denied. Visitors do not like to see people with disabilities, it makes them zhalos. This is unacceptable.»

Girl Jack could read and write, and was eager to go to school. Her mom really wanted this too. And even the teacher. But the doctors did not give directions to the school's wife. And said, «learning disabilities.»

These cases a lot and with older autistic. They do not take the job, even though they have the unique ability to do something for a long time without losing concentration. A wake up and the whole day walking around the room like a caged animal, it is not the same as pronutsya and go to work (at least three hours) and return home.

If the case once you pit with the «children of Rain», remember the words: «Rescue those who need help — help someone who needs help.» And then, perhaps, you'll get, perhaps, the most interesting book in the world, their soul.

Letter boy with autism

People are kind, funny, sad, good, good, grateful, big people, small. Walk, run, jump, talk, look, listen. Risible, bar. Red. Short. Women are good, talking, light, fur, hot, beautiful, icy, small. There are still people without a mustache. People are sitting, standing, hot, warm, cold, current, and iron. People go home. People go to the store. People play the piano. People play the piano. People play the harmonica. People stand near the house. People are suffering. People drink water, tea. People drink coffee. People drink compote. Drink milk, juice drink, drink kefir. Welding. Drink more kvass, lemonade, Sprite, Fanta. Eat jam, sour cream. People think silent. Sick and healthy. Become a water-carrier, water trucks. People in the ship, plane, bus, train, train, tram, in the machine, in the helicopter, at the tap, in a food processor.

People live in houses in the room, in the kitchen, in an apartment in the pack, in the hallway, in the bathroom, in the shower, in the bath. People go, go, run, people still ride, swim, swim, eat, eat, die, take off socks. People listen to the radio. People do not suffer. People eat. They say. People shaggy. Pee, caca. People dress. Read. Look. Cold. Bathe. Buy. Heated. Shooting. Killed. Believe they solve., Shutdown. People are still in the theater. Sledding. Worried. Smoke. Cry, laugh. Call. Normal, Garnier, naughty. People rush. Swear. Funny. Serious. People bang and rattle. Not shaggy. Lost. Red. Deep. Skinned people. People renovating a house, barn. People will suffer. People draw and write. Forest. People chopping wood, sawing, stoked. People still say hello, talk, jump, run. People end. People fly.

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