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What is Autism?


Got it by Donna Williams

Got it by Donna Williams

Autism is a social construct based originally on clinical observations by child psychiatrists, then by medical and paramedical theoreticians, then co-opted by media and financial and social interest groups who each tried to formulate autism in their own often highly conflicting preferred/desired/imagined/projected imagery.

Ultimately ‘autistic’ is an adjective. This adjective is used to describe the developmental and behavioral impact of a variety of often experientially overwhelming co-occurring conditions (‘fruit salad’) in whatever genetic or environmentally acquired combination these come in.

This impact generally dramatically alters the course of a childโ€™s global social, emotional, communication, sensory perceptual and development, necessitating dependency or often difficult to comprehend adaptations which may be accommodated or not at different levels by the family, school, services, community.

Donna Williams, BA Hons, Dip Ed.
Author, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter.
Autism consultant and public speaker.