Last month, October 2012, was the 10th anniversary of practice as a developmental therapist with autistic children and their families. Over the past 18 months, I have come to a point where I increasingly see a need for more voices telling a new story of Autism and offering families, professional, and autistics new words and perspectives for understanding the story of Autism. The idea of “A New Autsim Story” came from Gordon Wheeler’s work on developing a new human story along with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce’s (RSA) “strapline” of a 21st century enlightenment.
In starting a blog this month, the perspective that I bring is that of a professional seeking to practice social justice, social responsibility, empathy, compassion, and integrity through knowledge of neuroscience, the clinical wisdom of my mentors and patients, and listening to the stories of families and autistic people. Many bloggers are telling this New Autism Story. Their stories are inspiring and informative. I strongly recommend spending some time in these resources to get to know their perspectives. In part II of this blog post, look for more specific information and links about how science and advocacy interact to co-create a new story of Autism.
Ben Zequeira-Russell, Psy.D.