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||This website designer lives in Singapore and has autism. I found the information really good - his perspective is different but it helps me personally - kathyandcalvin.com, June 2006
I wanted to write to say thank you for the information you put on your website about the differences between the way autistic people think and the way non-autistic people think. I have been on a slow journey through the years that began with a diagnosis from a psychiatrist (a non-autistic diagnosis) and ends with me taking drugs for ADD today. The drugs for ADD have opened my eyes to "social" interaction. I noticed things I have never noticed before, including how different I am. Now I am able to pay attention to people enough to notice facial expressions and other non-verbal things suh as emotions. I read a book about how kids with ADD don't pay attention, and therefore don't learn, social skills and social rules, and knowing the rules helped me practice. Still, something was missing. I was different and I didn't know why. WHY were there rules for social interactions? I was confused.
I was also frightened by the amount of influence I could have over a person, over whether or not they like me, just by my social skills. It seemed so fake to me... and creepy.
I came across your site today. I learned about how "normal" people think. I have learned that I think like an autistic person. You're rules for speaking, IE only say something that has an emotional impact for the other person, makes perfect sense now! NO WONDER people take some things I saw awkwardly, but are interested in other things I say. NO WONDER many of my conversations end abnormally, because the "goal" of giving emotional gifts has not been accompllished. You have explained everything to me, and I am very excited to face the world with this new information.
THANK YOU, YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE. - Amanda, July 2006
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your evaluation of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time".
That book was recommended to me by a friend who assured me that it was a very well researched and accurate account of the autistic experience. I found that to be quite interesting, and so I read it. But after finishing the novel, I was left with more questions than answers.
I came across your evaluation of the novel because I was looking into the issue myself. So many people who have read the novel think that it really "explains" autism from a first person perspective, but I sensed this was not true. I was extremely pleased to find your evaluation of the novel, as it confirmed my suspicions.
Your review of the novel has prevented several people from being misinformed ( I have forwarded it to friends who read the novel ), and I thought you would like to know about it.
Thank You and Best Regards
Martin A. Armstrong
October 18, 2006
Thank you very much for your website. It's refreshing to see one that is well-balanced, not angry, and full of relevant advice that is simple to understand (I'm an autistic adult). I was particularly interested in what you are saying about the cure debate, and in the sections about romance and employment.
I'd like to share my story with you about how I found full-time permanent employment. I registered with temping agencies, who initially sent me to short-term assignments in different places. Eventually I was sent to an employer who liked me, and they hired me permanently. Because we already knew each other from my having worked there, there were no surprises and I wasn't sacked after a while!
Feel free to share the above with your readers. I'm not sure I would have been able to find a friend to promote me to an employer through the back door - establishing friendships is difficult, let alone finding a friend in the right place!
April 10, 2008
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