|Set the WABAC machine to 2012|
I wouldn't say that my ex-roommate is famous, but he is pretty darned successful. I'm pretty sure he has a novel and/or screenplay hidden away that may put him on time traveler's radar at some point. He's got time.
Get this: when he was in grad school back in the 90's, B met his wife (E) in an internet forum...alt.society.generation-x. He and his wife spent a good bit of time chatting about deep (and not-so-deep) things before they ever met in real life. All that stuff is archived -- I just googled it and found some of their posts. Some day, my friend's kids can look on-line and read their parents' actual courtship. It'll be kind of like time travel.
My recent posts have exposed me as something of a newbie. Over the past few days, I have been learning that some adult autistic people don't like Autism Speaks or any attempt to "cure" autism. They feel that autism is just a new variation of the human genome, and is not a disease to be treated. They advocate for neurodiversity.
I get neurodiversity and am all for acceptance of peoples' differences. I'll love both my sons no matter what, but autism is such a huge spectrum. The difference between being high-functioning and low is immense. I think it's really, really important to find out how autism comes to be and how to help autists get to the high end of the scale.
There's quite a bit out there about these topics. I'm not going to regurgitate it all, but here are some things I've read recently:
- wikipedia on autism rights movement
- wrongplanet,forums for autistic people
- interview with temple grandin
- quiet hands
- wiki on autism science foundation
- wiki on autism speaks
|I see you.|
To Future Bubba:
You're quite awesome yourself. You're smart and funny, and you make our lives better every day. I know you have candy hidden in your room, but I choose to ignore it.
To Future Self:
Quit googling yourself. Go outside and take a walk.