The Ambassador of Autistan in Belgium

The Ambassador of Autistan in Belgium

François Delcoux
ambassador-be(@)autistan.org

(Photo credit: Ivy Verlinden, © 2017)

 

Statement on autism and neurodiversity
by François Delcoux, Ambassador of Autistan in Belgium  

Autism and Neurodiversity

Just as biodiversity is useful for strengthening, sustaining and stabilizing ecosystems, the neurodiversity is essential for humanity and society to ensure scientific and philosophical progress. In the context of this intangible and vital richness of neurodiversity, autism is nothing but a different way of being human, with its pros and cons, as for everyone.  Unfortunately, the difference tends to scare people, misunderstanding arousing mistrust and rejection.. Yet, by explaining what autism really is, by demystifyinging the clichés and demonstrating what mutual understanding, social inclusion and inclusive and constructive collaboration could bring to both sides ( Neurotypical and autistic), humanity as a whole could rise to a better level of peace, respect and efficiency.

What disease (s)?

Autism is not a disease. Under no circumstances. However, the rejection of society suffered by people of this different nature can lead to several psychological sequelae. Only the latter and, to a certain extent, sensory saturation inherent in autism are curable. They can be taken over by competent specialists in the sole interest of relieving the suffering of these people and not for the comfort or ease of third parties. Autism, as such, is absolutely not to fight.

A natural difference of humanity

This natural difference originates within mankind: unlike the so-called “neurotypical” brains (i.e. those of the majority of the population), autistic brains do not undergo or little “neural tris”. The latter usually occur around the age of 2 years (allowing to automatically distinguish the usefulness of the accessory, thus filtering non-essential information such as, for example, excessive sensory stimulations) and around 12 Years (allowing to instinctively distinguish what is socially considered valid from what is not). These distinctions, some autistic people can also learn to operate them, but only through intellectual, analytic biases, which requires more time and effort than presets at the neural level. However, their deductions are often more relevant because of conscious and absolved reflections of social conventions.

More intense perceptions

It often happens that the perceptions of an autistic person, physically sensory and metaphysically emotional, are much more intense than those of a neurotypical person.  Therefore, it is perfectly normal for autistic people to feel saturated and overwhelmed by this too many information that invade their minds, thus generating emotions so wide and intense that they often fail to find a way To classify them or to express them in a “standard”, socially admitted way, which they cannot instinctively guess.

Various profiles

Autism is a spectrum, a multifactorial continuum that does not admit to “ranks”, no “hierarchy”: people are simply diverse and varied, every difference, whether in or out of this spectrum, is a potential treasure for all mankind Whole and for each of us. It is often said that there are almost as many forms of autism as there are autistic people. Indeed, each one has specific levels on each of the many axes of this multifactorial continuum, thus conferring on it characteristics, so to speak, unique. To name but a few of these most notable axes, the axis of the intellect is not correlated with that of verbosity, nor those of sensory sensibilities or those of social desire, depression, OCD, etc. We can therefore meet in a very wide variety of autistics verbal or not, little or very intelligent, hypersensitive to certain perceptions, hyposensibles to others, solitary or very eager to have friends, serene or suffering from strong Depressions, with much or little OCD and other rituals, etc.

Living together and working against discrimination

Thus, the only truly inclusive way of working to meet these two seemingly incompatible worlds, that of autistic and neurotypical, is to ensure that both sides work together to better understand, As would two countries with very different cultures and traditions. That is why we need to be represented by people of our nature so that they can tell others what it is from within. In conclusion, it should be noted that society’s current discrimination against autistic persons is exactly the same as that which raged against black people in the United States in the years 1950 or, more recently, against homosexuals: a Misunderstanding leading to fear and then hatred. Therefore, information, education and prevention are the only means of combating ignorance and segregation. We want to work for an inclusive world of peace and prosperity.

 

Interventions World Autism Day 2017
by François Delcoux, Ambassador of Autistan in Belgium
Brussels, 2 April 2017
(video credit: Ivy Verlinden, © 2017)

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