Autism is not a disease, disorder, or syndrome. It’s only a disability because employers, educators, police officers, and even most doctors know less about it than you’re about to learn. Society at large is unwilling to change the rules so that we can harness the productivity of the very specific, often genius savant abilities without getting fired, arrested, abused, or neglected because of YOUR misinterpretation of how we look, our mannerisms, tone of voice and specific language we use, and meltdowns that are neurological overload events that we can control no more than seizures or migraines.
“The main thing of what autism is, is that our brains are wired so differently from the vast majority of the population. Most people have, “This is the speech center of the brain”, and “That’s is the motion center of the brain”. Autistic people, we have what’s called ‘neuroplasticity’. We usually have major deficits in one area, and big strengths in another. We can rewire our brain to use the part that works to do what doesn’t work. It can be problematic, because you can’t control what part is doing what, and it can’t do it all at the same time. So, you have to try and balance it, and it’s a bitch.” -Scott Beam (FrysAcidTest)
Zach Reynolds (1amMLG) and I were discussing autism with viewers this morning, as we often do, and I was trying to condense the one thing that defines a person as being autistic vs. neurotypical. In spite of, and partially because of, the fact I was barely functioning as best I could while both of us are going through some of the toughest times of our lives, this is what came out. I realized that this was the most descriptive but easily understandable phrasing that I’ve ever heard, and quickly took this clip so I could share it while it’s fresh in my mind.
Zach and I understand each other better than anyone either of us have known. Our friendship is based on mutual total honesty (very common autistic trait), concern for our well being, situation, and circumstances, and doing what it takes to get through the day by listening to each other’s problems, providing any advice we might think would help, and distract ourselves with positive and healthy activities like streaming games and opening the conversation to anyone interested in listening, while also providing a safe space and open ears to anyone who has a problem of their own to get off their chest.
Give us a follow on Twitch for a variety of games, Photoshop/Premiere Pro/After Effects tutorials, Cuphead speedruns on an arcade machine, Golf With Your Friends and Worms W.M.D. games open to viewers, electronics projects, vinyl DJ sets, and a brand new series of programs that Zach has written himself, to share the advice, quotes, guided relaxation sessions, etc. that have helped him the most in his life, backed by chill music. Details and current program schedule is in the panel below his Twitch page.