Hola (take seventeen) Amigos!
Sorry for the late in updated posts again! Had a lot on my mind and a lot of revision/exams to sort out.
Today I’ve got all my english coursework up to scratch after staying behind every night at school for a few hours this week. Hopefully now it’s up to A* standards and I can start to relax for a wee while until 3 weeks time and my exams start. Aswell as that, as if that’s not stressful enough, I’ve completed my speaking and listening exam for my english and I based it on allergies..so I have been told it went superb but my grades I won’t get back for a while. This is now 60% of my English GCSE done and dusted and my relief is insane! My tiredness this week has been unbelievable..definitely feeling the strain of working extra hard but how drained I feel is indescribable, Friday tomorrow though! and to start the weekend off with a party and chilling with my boyfriend seems pretty rewarding after a week of non stop education.
Anyway!! The other day me and mum found ourselves watching one of the actors from “The A word” being interviewed. Here, I’m going to be so hypocritical after I did a post just on the amazement of getting a programme based on Autism into the big wide world. Which don’t get me wrong, still makes me proud to be Autistic and happy to be spreading the word through such a widely watched channel. Although, the more episodes I’ve watched the more it becomes clear this programme hasn’t gone through as much research as perhaps it needed. Maybe it’s just my family but how we act is nothing like what is portrayed on this show, it now represents a real problem to those who are unaware of autism, because that, ladies and gentlemen, is not what it’s like.
To see the actor being interviewed and act completely hazy on the topic of Autism after doing a show which is specifically on it was really disappointing and alarming. He even went as far to say as ‘you can grow out of it’. This really did cause major alarms when his job is to go out and research the reality of those with autism and those affected by autism. No one would dare do a programme or film on cancer (or any other critical illness) before working their butts off to know what it’s like struggling with that illness inside out, like the back of their hand. But again, it’s mental isn’t it? So does it really matter, after all, it can’t be that hard to reenact, right?
The more I watch into the series of “The A word” the more I struggle to sympathise with the plot. If anything it represents us all as one and that is completely wrong. I get every single diagnosis of Autism is different and therefore I wouldn’t understand but I’d have a fair idea and that is not what’s established over this course of a series.
The only thing they seem to get spot on is the way older generations see Autism..I get back in them days it wasn’t a diagnosis or really a thing, instead those who faced Autistic traits were classed as ‘weird’ and ‘different’ sometimes as far as ‘dangerous’ but now you have to grow up with the times. It’s not like it was then, and some have to accept it. So, to those who act as the older generations in ‘The A Word’ unfortunately you get it spot on, which is truly, truly wrong.
Some older generations that know me but not about my diagnosis have shown this over many years. The other day one went as far as to call someone with down syndrome a ‘mongole’ when forgetting the correct title – this absolutely amazed me and I had to leave before I confronted them, but now I feel perhaps I should’ve stayed and said something..maybe we can’t expect them to grow up with the times if no ones telling them. Another time when talking about a special needs supervisor they compared the children she works with – yes special needed, yet superbly academic and fully able to pass their GCSE’s with flying colours – the ‘backwards lot’ in this day and age when we are shown the real effects of those with mental health problems or those with Autism it should never be discussed as a negative diagnosis, it’s the exact opposite.
Many don’t know the amount of celebrities which had Autism, mostly Asperges, but there was a fair range. Every single person who reads this will have heard of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, yet I suspect fairly few knew he struggled with Asperges. This shouldn’t be kept in the dark, for someone so inspirational, talented and respected it goes to show the capability that children with a diagnosis really and truly has. Why is discrimination around?
Another famous figure with Asperges? I suspect every single one of you will know him. A true filmstar, legend, and one that succeeded after a rough childhood – being told he couldn’t perform in his college play. Yep, Tom Hanks has been put onto the Autistic spectrum. I can’t think of a ‘normal’ person that has had snakes in their boots, gone to the moon and back, held hostage by pirates AND cast a way on a desert Island. Can you?
x x x