“149 talk about the 1 with autism. They are the 1. We take a break. They go off task. We have hobbies. They self stim. We change our minds. They have short attention spans.”
So begins The Power of Words: How We Talk about People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Matters! written by Judy Endow, MSW, an individual on the autism spectrum and a parent of a grown son on the autism spectrum, The Power of Words thoughtfully draws from her own life experiences in a 12-minute DVD. Her son Daniel composed and performed the background music in The Power of Words.
“When you have autism you are not suppossed to voice a different opinion, and if you do – they say you are non-compliant.”
“I’m not allowed to insist. I have autism. I tantrum.”
“Perhaps a person with autism is not allowed to love anyone.”
“Is it bad of me to want friends?”
“I don’t care. I love my fixation.”
“What is normal?”
“How will you use your power?”
I’m using my power to compel you to check out this DVD.