Visible and Invisible Disabilities: On Being A Reluctant Ambassador

Visible and Invisible Disabilities: On Being A Reluctant Ambassador

A few years ago, I was speaking with an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder and he shared a very interesting view. He said that he "theory of mind is not something we notice in neurotypicals either. They all generally do not have empathy towards us, do not treat us as people who experience life as individuals, and they generally are not able or willing to accept that we find other things pleasant or unpleasant than they. In other words, neurotypicals are as Autistic as people with Autism when they interact with us.” ...

"Is society’s desire for a definition of normalcy a form of tyranny of the majority? Is it a residual primal and primitive instinct to trust sameness and be wary of differences, a form of xenophobia from prehistoric times requiring survival in an unfamiliar and hostile world? If the fight-or-flight response becomes unnecessary in an increasingly comfortable and accommodating world, will evolution begin to select populations that experience emotions less intensely? If you hear a rustling in the bushes in the middle of the night and it sounds like a tiger, our evolutionary instincts tell us the uh oh the dark is scary and we get out of there at warp speed. The reality, though, is that there was almost certainly no tiger. Which is more logical - the reaction, or the absence thereof? 

"My experience of my environment is my own. It is not the same as yours, and that’s okay. When we honor each person’s unique perspective, we see each person as an individual. To do anything else undervalues all of the vast complexity of their character that we cannot see.'

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Fun at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

Fun at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

This week I had the chance to go to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference outside of San Francisco - I'm still there right now as I type this, actually - and it's been quite the experience. Sort of a cross between a long business meeting and a rock concert. The most interesting thing to me, though - and what I really want to share with you - is what the less expensive introduction of the new iPads did to the prices of the old iPads. Take a look inside for links to new prices ...

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