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Autism: A Quick Trip To My Home Planet | Monique Botha | TEDxSurreyUniversity

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In her heart-warming talk, Monique will speak about the alienation and isolation experienced by individuals with autism and the stereotypes that plague the diagnosis. Having autism herself, she wants to raise awareness of the challenges faced by individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Monique challenges society’s perception of autism and urges a change in the way society interacts with autism as a whole. Monique is a postgraduate student in the University of Surrey Psychology department who has worked with children with autism for a number of years as a Social Care worker. Having autism herself, it has given her an interesting perception on what autism is with regards to communities both locally and internationally. Now studying psychology, her dissertation focuses on the stress of being of being different faced by individuals on the autism spectrum and how it affects their lives. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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LisV :3 (10 hours ago)
It's so great to see an autistic person telling HER story, instead of an autism parent.
Kingswood Bob (8 days ago)
This was hard to hear but so powerfully put and so brave. Thanks so much for helping raise awareness and let’s work together to try and make this world a better place for our autistic brothers, sisters, daughters sons and friends... enough is enough things need to change. Kind regards (and well done! 👍 👍) Rob
tiago ciriaco (13 days ago)
Autism, is castration.Autism is due to the low levels of alkaline testosterone and high levels of acidic testosterone, in the body
uv.vibes (23 days ago)
The whole eye contact thing is that if you look at them they can see you, and you don't want to be seen, because you feel uncomfortable.. and staring could be that you want so badly for them to see you, because its someone you like. I highly suspect that i have asd, and i am female. This is just my perspective.
Marz Attarwala (1 month ago)
Nice talk.
Soozie G (1 month ago)
Thank you for explaining to me the discomfort level . Helps me understand and respect boundaries.
Julia Sawadski (1 month ago)
I love autistic people so much. They are so human and so authentic. I can't even explain it
fortnite gameing (1 month ago)
There must not be an actual audience. I think she is relatable and funny but there is no response from the audience. I am undiagnosed asperger's and my son is diagnosed mildly autistic. I am 10x more aspie than him. The great thing is we can understand each other when no one else can.
Nathaniel Florence (1 month ago)
The world would be better if everyone was a high functioning autistic
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
But I will wait, I will wait for you...and I will wait, I will wait for you...AND I WILL WAIT, I WILL WAIT FOR YOU! AND I WILL WAIT, I WILL WAIT FOR YOU!
Julie Hornbarger (1 month ago)
I know people that have autism, so it's so nice that I can just hear how it is. I have an amazing friend that has High-Functioning Asperger's and she is like, the best. She tried to explain how it is, so it's so nice to hear it completely explained. And it's even better that people are opening the perspective of what it is. I'm sorry, I don't know if I'm explaining this right, but I'm just so grateful for this.
Pamcakes (1 month ago)
Eye contact is so hard. So extremely hard. Growing up through elementary (90's), my teachers would get angry at me for not looking at them when they spoke to me, so I learned to "look at them" by blurring my eye focus. So I would just be staring at a massive blur, and it helped. But due to that, it was hard to concentrate on what exactly they were saying.
nancy wysemen (1 month ago)
Wow! You are one fantastic lady. Hit's stuff from my family .....
shelley bamford (1 month ago)
I have a son with autism and I actually diagnosed him myself ( I am a nurse) when he was in elementary school.1980's He was not recognized by medical as having autism until his young was having issues. I told my daughter in law what I thought and sure enough my granddaughter was diagnosed and because she was diagnosed so was my son. I too was eventually diagnosed, after a lifetime of misdiagnoses of chronic depression. I am 67 and just diagnosed.
Scully's eye roll (1 month ago)
I love that her jokes are specifically made for autistic people; I was laughing but nobody else was :p
Kourtnie McKenzie (2 months ago)
I'm autistic, and I suffer from depression, anxiety, and passive suicidal thoughts. Thank you for helping me feel less alone. I wish there was a way to make this narrative replace the other discussions our society has about autism ("why can't you be normal," "how can we cure it," all the facets you touched on).
Paradoxical Psychop0mp (21 days ago)
@Kourtnie McKenzie Hope you're feeling better and are still around. I'm also autistic (still getting used to that "label), and I know exactly what you're going through. I'm now 31. My first suicidal ideation was at 10, after 2 years of unrelenting "migraines" (now know they were social in cause), and growing up in a VERY mentally abusive home. My first attempt came at 12. My last (some would say conscious) attempt was 6 years ago, but the thoughts remain. Only through my new family (wife and daughter, plus "siblings" I've chosen) and my OCD regarding taking care of OTHER people am I still around. Long story short: you're never alone. Mathematically speaking, someone is always going through the EXACT same experience at the exact same time. Thanks to the internet, it's easier to find others in that place (hole, Trench, etc.) for support. Like here and now! Anywho, best (unwanted) advice I can give is to be kind to yourself. Let yourself be you, even if only a little bit at a time, or 20 minutes a day. It builds up your resistance to the world, and builds your coping skills. It helps me, in any case. I hope I speak for all of us when I say we're always available for you, even if we don't call to check in. Just reach out. Be it the autistic community, the chronic pain community, random fanbases, the people you may need are always there.
Christine Badostain (2 months ago)
Some people are extremely introverted for various reasons---some healthy some not so healthy---even the label "autism" should be questioned.
TheDreaming Buton (2 months ago)
Just lovely!
Sweet Cheeks (2 months ago)
Almost as good as Sam Hyde’s ted talk
La Reina del Sur (2 months ago)
Thank you for giving me a voice!
Jason Wrinkle (2 months ago)
the best genetic cure is to wipe our code off the planet... then everyone wins
Sweet Cheeks (2 months ago)
Jason Wrinkle Well damn
Derbydoo (3 months ago)
I have met many autistic individuals that have good talents. Awareness and education is the key. God Bless!
Allen Hamilton (3 months ago)
this video has annoyed me each camera has different colour Focus, her dress keeps changing colour... Come on TEDx fix the cams.
Mary Nordseth (3 months ago)
Diagnosed in my mid-Twenties, I am now 78 yrs old. You are such a good 'role model', I'm proud to know myself better now. thanksyou. Mary
Mary Nordseth (3 months ago)
Listening to your fascinating talk, I feel 'more normal', at least within the autistic spectrum. Monique, you are a lovely 'spokeswoman'. I'm grateful.
Kathy Morris (3 months ago)
Great talk! I feel a bit angry at the way such interesting people are put in a category as though they have a problem. Maybe at least part of the problem is with the people who decided that this group of people have a disorder. The best people I know fit into this category.
Cpt.Howdy 92 (3 months ago)
Wrong planet though 😔
Murmur Verin (3 months ago)
She's absolutely right. Once again the sages are taken down by those whom they thought were their object of study.
Adam Greeley (3 months ago)
I have high functioning autism and she's spot on I like her speech a lot
Maite Russell (3 months ago)
Prefacing everything what I'll ask here, I'm part of the autistic community, a girl diagnosed at 3. Where...did those pie charts come from? She just sticks them in without saying what study it's from. I'd kinda like to know.
dorotheaeli1 (4 months ago)
Wow! What a good talk. Such bright ideas.
Dickiann Garcia (4 months ago)
I haven't been officially diagnosed but even as a little girl I've known that I have Autism. I'm scheduled to be evaluated the 20th of this month. Any interaction I engage in outside of myself in the world causes anxiety. All I've ever wanted to do was fit in and function like everyone else. But in the same sense, I don't want to fit in and function like everyone else. Being diagnosed officially will bring a type of closure and clarity. It sounds crazy but I will feel like I belong to something.
The Freedom Project (4 months ago)
These numbers are scary! More so when you see that this video is already two years old. It WILL be a worse situation for this community now in 2018. Heartbreaking!
Robert Vincelette (4 months ago)
If someone denies our autism with "You don't look autistic," let them prove it by giving us the same opportunities in life they give everybody else; put their money where society's mouth is.
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
I keep walking around this old and empty house. So hold my hand, I'll walk with you my dear. The stairs creek as I sleep it's keeping me awake. It's the house telling you to close your eyes. Some days I don't know if I can trust myself. It's killing me to see you this way. Though the truth may vary this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore...
Stout Lager (4 months ago)
I think there is insufficient research on comorbid mood/personality disorders among people on autism spectrum. I didn't realize just how common my comorbid diagnoses were until I started reading personal accounts from other autistic people. Depression I guess I expected. OCD I did not. There are so many autistics with comorbid OCD.
MaryJane (1 month ago)
There are three main sides to Autism, one which fits easily with anxiety/social anxiety (communication issues), one which fits entirely with Sensory processing Disorder (sensory issues) and one with fits easily with OCD (reliance on routines, needing to have things a certain way, repetitive behaviours, obsessions etc.) so it's easier than normal for Autistic people to develop anxiety and OCD as a result
advancedwatcher (4 months ago)
I don't want to be 'cured'. I love being me, even though it hurts. If they 'cure' us all, who will make the breakthroughs in science, medicine, industry... who will be the great writers, the artists? They need us.
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
We the best music! Another one! DJ Khaled! You stick out of the crowd, baby it's a no brainer! Him or me, be for real, it's a no brainer! Whoa oh whoa oh whoa oh whoa oh! Yeah eh yeah eh yeah eh yeah eh!
Amanda Hyde (4 months ago)
Is she speaking to a live audience? If so, the audience sucks. They should’ve applauded her when she talked about all her reading and poems. She deserves praise.
goroth01 (3 months ago)
She is a bit accusatory toward NTs in this talk. Maybe the people in the audience were a little uncomfortable because of that.
Rick James (4 months ago)
to think she has the courage to give this talk, yet shes on so much meds. If she even has a boyfriend he's probably an ogre, and even then I feel sorry for him too.
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
Though the truth may vary this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore! Don't listen to a word I say! The screams all sound the same! And though the truth may vary this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore!
Dickiann Garcia (4 months ago)
Rick James Really?
Rick James (4 months ago)
i'd bang
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
Yeah, yeah! Quavo! I'm the one that hit that same spot! Hit it! She the one that bring them raindrops! Raindrops! We go back, remember criss-cross and hopscotch! Hopscotch! You the one to hold my down when the block's hot! Hot! I make your dreams come true when you wake up! Dreams! And your looks just the same without no makeup! Yeah!
Brenda Draper (5 months ago)
I'm autistic and I want the cure for myself. I don't see autism as a gift.
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
Same
Steve Laurie (5 months ago)
Women struggle so hard to fit in and not get noticed. So if you don't get noticed, you've got no one to blame except yourselves. If you know you're different - if you know you've got a problem, then the onus is on YOU to stop masking yourselves, stand up and say, "HEY - I NEED HELP!" Pretending to be neurotypical - especially if you do it really well isn't doing yourself any favors. And don't blame others for sweeping you under the rug and overlooking you because, if you're doing nt really well, they have no reason to look at you because they see you as normal as all of the other nt girls. STAND UP! WAVE YOUR ARMS AROUND! SCREAM OUT, "I NEED HELP!!!"" It's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. Better still, go see someone, anyone, EVERYONE until you get some satisfaction. .
goroth01 (3 months ago)
The world is controlled by NTs. If you want to be able to sustain yourself without leaning on the resources of family or friends, you need a job. Which means that you need to learn how to fit in with NTs. There is no choice in this matter for people on the spectrum.
Spindles DaSpidey (3 months ago)
If anyone even listens to us, they don't believe we actually need help. And you are so uneducated on this! Until very recently (and it still happens in a few select places), if anyone autistic DARED to "wave their arms around and demand help," they'd be institutionalised. It must be nice to live in your perfect anti-autism bubble. You are so infuriating I can barely form words.
alex mcglade (5 months ago)
This young lady sounds like a very caring, insightful and useful advocate for people with autism. Could I perhaps take a different stance and suggest that the human race is diverse and unique? One of the best marketing techniques is appealing to social proof. Many people tend to follow the sheep. Some of those sheep include fashion, political stances, popular music, ect. However, there are some who don't commit to being human robots. Does this mean they should be stigmatised and have a label slapped on them? Some people may have artistic hyper connections to information and stimuli, but push them away, and certainly never admit to having them because it's not how 'normal' people's brains work. So, basically we all hide our perceptions. However most of us don't admit it. There are some people who are more open about the way they see the world. Because they are open, does that mean they should be labeled 'Autistic' or anything else? Of course their are situations where a label is useful. However, saying that, would it not be more beneficial to apply sensory acuity as a default and treat everyone as a unique and equal member of society ,instead of catogorising them within the social model of disability? Of course it goes without saying that anyone who falls under the medical model of disability should be treated and helped in a medical way. As this bright young lady states, prejudice and bullying is responsible for many of the mental health issues that people with autism face rather than autism itself. I can't help wondering whether, if more people dared to be honest about their perceptions, there would be less people clutching at their right to be labeled 'Autistic' and more people embrasing their human diversity and their right to 'simply be'.
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
Whoa oh whoa oh, whoa oh whoa oh! Yeah eh yeah eh, yeah eh yeah eh! Baby's it's a no brainer! Choose between him or me, baby it's a no brainer!
Kenz (5 months ago)
I don't want to be cured, but I do want to get better. Having autism is like having some kind of hidden superpower. Often, I don't have to study for tests. I'm very reflective and sensitive, and I'm able to interact with the world, and other people, in a way that I just could not do if I were not autistic, because it would be seen as selfish and not genuine, but since I do have autism, I feel like my innocence and naivete are noticed and in many cases my behavior is excused. I get to see life through the eyes of so many who are disabled or maybe just young and inexperienced, yet I have experience and wisdom sometimes beyond my years. It's a wonderful gift in many ways. I would like to take all of the good I have to offer the world, though, and hide the bad in a nice little box.
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
That's the price you pay! Leave behind your heart ache, cast away! Just another product of today! Rather be the hunter than the prey! AND YOU'RE STANDING ON THE EDGE FACE-UP CAUSE YOU'RE A NATURAL! A BEATING HEART OF STONE! WE GOTTA BE SO COLD, TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD! BABY, YOU'RE A NATURAL! LIVING YOUR LIFE CUTTHROAT! YOU GOTTA BE SO COLD! BABY, YOU'RE A NATURAL! From Imagine Dragons.
Der Rabbit (5 months ago)
Max: I love being an Aspie! Me: I love being me!
Aurora Borealis (6 months ago)
Thank you for this. From a misunderstood, Innocently Convicted "criminal" due to my ASD... Thanks, Society.
Feldi (6 months ago)
In that one camera angle... in half profile... there is a dead pixel and it makes me mad.
Margaret Gardner (6 months ago)
Her dress looks blue in one camera and green in the other. It's a little annoying, lol :D
Saw wil (6 months ago)
Autistic adults, when you close one eye does it look different than when both eyes open???
goroth01 (3 months ago)
Sure... a large part of the visual field is gone. There also isn't the overlap in the middle of the visual field that can cause funkiness when the pictures from each eye don't exactly match up. What are you getting at with this question though? That should be the same regardless of whether a person is autistic or typical.
Alyssa JJ Thomas (7 months ago)
Vaccinations are related to the development of autism in children. Not in every case but in a high percentage.
GD Sparky_01 (1 month ago)
Alyssa JJ Thomas no.
La Reina del Sur (2 months ago)
Alyssa JJ Thomas no.
T.I.M.E. (7 months ago)
Thank you.
Christine Terrill (7 months ago)
Thank you*
SONIC FOXX MUSIC (7 months ago)
Why does her dress keep changing colour???
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Toby (7 months ago)
Great talk, I feel the same way. It is minority stress, we should identify it as what it is.
Alto's Music Lab (7 months ago)
3 things, I think I'm suggestible too, and Now I want to read the Nurenburg transcripts! and Lastly be careful when you watch these Tedx Talks!
Ashley ASHLEYM (7 months ago)
Regardless of how accepting society is, those struggles won't just disappear, because in order for those problems to disappear we need to give those struggles to the majority without autism. A cure eliminates struggles. Unless you want to struggle, in which case I think that's idiotic but more power to you. If you don't want to be cured fine, that's for you to decide, but for those that don't want to struggle they should have a cure.
Phil Strong (7 months ago)
absolutely magnificent Monique
Grey Muldoon (7 months ago)
I don't think we need to solve the debate of "cure verses accept" in order to work towards leveling opportunities. We don't think its fine fire people who can do their job, or refuse to support them, if they need mobility devices, or vision aids, because we can imagine it. Can you imagine if we refused humanity to people with different body types until they were "cured", giving no effort to changing society instead... I agree that we could adjust imaginations and attitudes. Its a waste of time trying to convince people not to want a cure. Its better to try to see that there are valuable people not seen as they are. It should become obvious that it does not need a cure even if one might be preferred by some. Until we have seen what a new world full of peoole bearing less-stressed / supported for autistic traits would look like, we cannot seperate the actual experience from the current quiet horror of being seen as diseased, bad people rather than just unusually stressed or challenged.
Raven Black (8 months ago)
I'm on the spectrum as well, and I love this ted talk so much! It's formatted beautifully! Personal experiences in combination with facts and stats. I often compare my way of thinking and social interactions to computer programming. I tend to automatically follow a script when interacting with others, and when something I didn't expect happens it's like a big error code in my brain functioning with social interactions and/or my daily plans.
Ludmila Marešová (8 months ago)
I love this. I have been trying my whole life to fit in, to adjust myself and to act like a "normal human." I have accepted that it's me who is weird and not everyone else. So why can't they accept my difference and tolerate it like I have tolerated theirs?
Clever Boots (8 months ago)
As a mother of four Autistics and an Autistic myself (we are all high-functioning) I have to say that the bit in your talk where you made the point about NT's being more willing to invest money, time, and effort in 'finding a cure' rather than just adjusting even a little to being more accepting particularly rang true as did the bit about how much of the stress among Autistics stems from the anxiety related to how we are treated. One only has to listen to a few minutes of 'Autism talk' by NT's, to feel attacked. The things my children hear on a daily basis are enough to drive me batty. Thank you for this video--great job.
NSEasternShoreChemist (2 months ago)
If finding a cure is easier than becoming slightly more accepting, that doesn't say much for our species IMO.
Melissa (8 months ago)
The statement about trying to fix autism rather than accept it... it coins it, sadly very very true. Thank you for sharing 💖 God Bless yoy!!
Diane (9 months ago)
Good talk well done - wish people would have laughed at your jokes more but hey ho that's generally how people react to an autistic person telling jokes! Would like to add that they (autistics, yes I am one) can't always do the work. I tried waitressing and Specsavers - awful awful awful! They might not believe that I was doing my best - but I was. They were nerve grinding jobs that had me crying myself to sleep at night and yes, wishing not to wake up in the morning (including shall I do something to stop me from waking in the morning?!)
13thGenPatriot (10 months ago)
When you say "why" to a cure for autism, I would offer a few reasons. First, not everyone is "high functioning". It would be a huge boon to those that are not neurotypical to have enough of a cure that they could communicate. Second, Monique's own statistics demonstrate that nearly half the autistic community suffer from anxiety disorders and nearly three quarters suffer from clinical depression. She also said that 64% of the autistic community have suicidal thoughts and 17% have suicide attempts before the age of 17. So YES, I want a cure for autism. Two of my children are autistic. My oldest has depression, anxiety, and has had suicidal thoughts. She has been in therapy for a few years now. So again...yes...my heart aches for a cure for my kids.
MoBo5656 (9 months ago)
But my research also shows that the depression and anxiety isn't part of autism neccesarily, but rather related to how autistic people are treated by the world around them. Autistic people themselves, do not want a cure. Autistic people want acceptance. I feel you missed the point. Similarly, experiences of everyday discimination, expectation of rejection, victimisation, bullying, etc are what predicts a large amount of poorer mental wellbeing, and also inadequate social support from various social services (a way in which we regularly fail autistic people). Without experiences of discrimination, the rate of depression and anxiety reduces massively. That matters. You want a cure for your children, but from my research I gather the majority of autistic people don't. Similarly, please don't assume that being verbal now equates to functioning in childhood. That is a common misconception. Similarly, verbality doesn't relate to functioning as such. Some who are non-verbal still understand everything that is happening around them, and some who are verbal still struggle with some activities of daily living, and autistic community generally advocates access to supports for those people to make communication easier and also living. Also, the autistic community resent functioning labels on the whole because it doesn't accurately represent their experiences or feelings of what it means to be autistic or experience autism. I respect that you have a different view but felt I should clarify on those elements.
Mortimer Toynbee (10 months ago)
She really hits the nail on the head
Nom DePlume (10 months ago)
These statistics are so sad. Awareness seems to be the key. You are doing good work. I hope society changes someday.
Ehhh (10 months ago)
They are not trying to write you out of human genetics... because you are not autism. you compared it to having brown hair. if there was no brown hair, would you stop existing? no! you'd just have different hair. you would still have the same likes, dislikes, opinions and interests. but you would be able to communicate them better, and feel more confident in groups. you'd understand situations easily and have a much easier time navigating conversation. i can hear your voice trembling when you say this, but you are understanding the goal wrong (you might recognize this as one of the problems with autism). they are not trying to erase you, they are trying to remove an obstacle to bringing you closer.
MaryJane (1 month ago)
+Ashley ASHLEYM Your issue here is that your acceptance of people with special needs is attached to the fact that they entertain you, when no, autistic people, and other special needs people, have a right to exist regardless of whether or not it pleases you. And you accepting that it exists is not what we mean by accept, acceptance in this context refers to accepting that it exists and that that's fine.
goroth01 (3 months ago)
MoBo5656 - I have mild autism and would be open to a cure if it were discovered. But first I would wait to see what other people who have gone through the cure say about how they changed and whether it was a net positive in their lives. I kind of like the ability to see detail and patterns that other can't. And my autism is mild enough that I have been able to learn to socialize at a NT level - although it is still mentally tiring.
Excelsior32 (10 months ago)
I'm 20 and I'm currently going through diagnosis
dirty birds life # 1team (10 months ago)
It not whats wrong with me... trust me!
no morr (10 months ago)
Yes, I'm finally understood.
Mel Boom (11 months ago)
I'm getting really iritated by the fact that her dress is changing colour when the camera angle changes
D M (1 year ago)
Thank you Monique. I have posted this to LinkedIn and FB.
Pricilla billa (1 year ago)
Love this
Cali Horton (1 year ago)
Don't adapt to the world adapt the world to you. No matter what always be you! "To thine own self be true!"
Elma Ouwehand (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this wonderful talk! You are descibing me and many members of my family (and friends). I think living in this day and age is more difficult than it used to be when I was younger. I'm 80. The second world war had just ended when I started school. We were all a bit crazy then. Less judgemental. I'm glad we now know what is going on, have given it a name. ❤️
Susanne C (1 year ago)
Dr. Morse on yt robertmorsend, PhD biochemistry naturopath and master herbalist 45 years. in his Florida Clinic he has cured many people of different things all because of the condition called acidosis and neuro- suppression. He, thinks this may be cured by detoxing lymphatic system and regenerating nerve and tissue. Start with "the great lymphatic system" video then watch his videos "autism" part 1 & 2 and 3. Also Q&A 141 where autism is one of the subjects discussed. He has so many videos that you may have to Google "YouTube Dr Morse Autism" or YouTube Dr Morse Q&A 141
Journal Kitty (11 months ago)
So even though monique stated what causes autism and the fact she and majority of us do not want to be cured, you thought it acceptable to link a quack who will cure us, of what? Heavy metals? Intolerances and a sluggish lymphatic system? Really? Did you listen to this or just dismiss everything said as a symptom of a disease that needs eradicating? Next we will hear about swallowing bleach to cure us of the parasite living in us.
Susanne C (1 year ago)
What a powerful talk
Susanne C (1 year ago)
Thanks for enlightening me. I will be much more open minded about how people think. I have always appreciated people for their differences and quirks.
Susanne C (1 year ago)
I hate idle chit-chat
jessica jones (1 year ago)
for a woman with autism is like being drowned in a room full of air.
fancynancylucille (1 year ago)
I found it specifically interesting when she spoke about not making eye contact, and said it is not about the autistic individual, but the other person. Jesus said the eyes are the window to the soul. The autistic person, who is basically a severely introverted person, has a subjective experience of the other. They see the person from the inside out. This is not a negative thing. It is a strength. Someone spoke to me recently about "indicative" symptomology, which points in a certain direction for the collective. The one-sidedness of extroversion in society is evidence of a collective under-development. Society is one-sidedly outward, superficial and neglectful of inward realities. The increasing prevalence of autism, to me, is "indicative" of nature's requirement that we finally recognize the reality of the psyche (Jung) and turn inward as a collective. The bulk of society is not "normal" but rather, INCOMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our superficial view of reality is the source of most of our great problems, especially the psychopathic takeover of our government by perversely false individuals, and climate change.
0olong (30 days ago)
For what it's worth, the likeliest thing is that it's not that *autism* is getting any more prevalent, but that more autistic people are being recognised as such. The causes of this are complex. At least part of it is to do with a society which is intolerant of difference in many ways, and which expects a number of skills as the bare minimum for participation in society which are often missing or weak in autistic people. We make up for it in other ways, but the way that society has grown to insist on quite high levels of competence in skills like self-presentation, ability to do paperwork, short-term flexibility and various other things has put autistic people at a huge disadvantage, and has a lot to do with how autism came to be pathologised. Having recognised autism as a phenomenon worth paying attention to, scientists later broadened the concept a little - to take in people with very similar cognitive styles who did not necessarily share all of the same difficulties as Kanner's patients and others diagnosed as autistic before the 1980s. With this broadened definition, large numbers of people have been slowly realising in recent decades that they are also on the autistic spectrum. So... I'm not saying you're wrong, but I think there's some very interesting analysis to be done of why the 'prevalence of autism' has apparently been increasing.
Dickiann Garcia (4 months ago)
fancynancylucille Thank you. I feel understood and validated through your post.
Runner Ducks (5 months ago)
wat
Joey Tech Talks (1 year ago)
BTW, I don't understand why anyone would downvote this video. This video was amazing. Yeah, it's only 9 so far, but that's 9 too many.
Joey Tech Talks (1 year ago)
The other day, someone told me I didn't look like I had Asperger's Syndrome. What is a person with Asperger's Syndrome supposed to look like?
Witchfinder Nielsen (28 days ago)
Rainman or some other lumpy facially expressionless Sonichu The Tankbergerengine.
Bill Overbeck (1 month ago)
It's multiple choice and they all wanna test me! Ch-ch-ch-ch choosin' the squad! She tryna choose between me, Justin, Qua' and Asahd! She told me that she love that I make music for God! I told her that I would like to see that booty applaud!
Journal Kitty (11 months ago)
Perhaps we should have two heads or three eyes to make it easier to spot us :D
Strange Angel (1 year ago)
I am more used to people asking "what's wrong with you?" Now at least now I know what to tell them!
Strange Angel (1 year ago)
I am 44 and have just been diagnosed. It hurts so much to think my life may have been different, so much less painful, had I been diagnosed sooner. I am glad though, that young women like Monique are are being diagnosed sooner and bringing attention to the difficulties of being autistic.
C Ewing (24 days ago)
Same, I'm in late 30's and just got diagnosed. I try to move forward and claim my life positively now that I finally know. But at times it is hard not to feel a bit bitter since I feel I wasted so much of my life and youth being a misfit and struggling for no 'apparent' reason. I could have made more appropriate life decisions and sought better help if I'd known what the issue was. I feel I have so much to make up for.
Journal Kitty (11 months ago)
Me too. I'm 48 and recently diagnosed. Half my life has gone by. But I'm glad the younger generations are being DX sooner and that I can now make sense of my world.
Ryan Wolf (1 year ago)
Strange Angel I'm 48 and was just now officially diagnosed. I've known for years, but as recently as pre-Obamacare I was denied assessment based on age and gender (services were only available for children and males). I can so relate to that feeling of "what would I be like if I'd known 30 years ago?" Hope you're doing well.
Chexsum (1 year ago)
30+ jobs here
Junicurn (1 year ago)
*standing up clapping*
Karen T Culshaw (1 year ago)
Wow - how courageous sweetheart ,very well done
Suzanne Warburton (1 year ago)
Monique you did a marvelous job. I have just shared this with my Facebook groups. Thank you for helping to make my son's life and future that much easier.
nutsndoltz (1 year ago)
What a bunch of nonsensical, foolish, and absurd conclusions, likely intended to intimidate and manipulate for malicious goals. Such phony emotional pleas sicken me.
Journal Kitty (11 months ago)
Says the faceless troll.
Hannah Knight (1 year ago)
You're amazing. I have Aspergers Syndrome and I feel like I can relate to you on everything you said. All of these things you've said have been circulating my brain but I've never said them out loud. My friends don't believe I have Aspergers and that I'm just doing it for attention. This makes me so depressed but hearing this has made me more determined to educate people on people on the spectrum. We're the future, just like everybody else. Thank you so much for your input in society, I bet your family are so proud of you, you've been incredibly brave saying all of that. :)
Excellent speech especially about discrimination and bullying  by pupils, students and teachers as which I experience myself at school and university. I was diagnosed autistic when I was 30 years old and so far a bachelor of arts degree. The concept of onus is superb!
Shanine Buller (1 year ago)
I find it ironic that people make such a fuss about kids and adults in the spectrum needing to fit in and be normal and ordinary.... yet no one would take it as a compliment if they or their child was called ordinary in a school report or a work performance update, or a work reference lol. They go on and on about being an individual and standing out from the crowd. As long as it's within the zone of currently accepted norms...
Rohan Zener (27 days ago)
The truth is that autism is a very negative, insulting, dehumanizing label, which worse yet, some parents use as a copout for themselves from their own failures, especially as a parent.
Witchfinder Nielsen (28 days ago)
I am very valued by the Holy Office. There are so many code malfunctions out there, known to the Church as HERETICS, heathens, and impenitent relapsers. Malfunctions which must be identified and deleted. With ropes, hooks, The Wheel, and fire.
Jonathan Plechaty (2 months ago)
It's not ironic. You've missed to see that you're comparing apples to oranges
Amanda Hyde (4 months ago)
You don’t get it. There are people who are not ordinary yet they don’t also have a disability. The social difficulties cause extreme depression and anxiety. It sucks. It’s not the same thing as being unusual and celebrated for it.
Youtubergirl (1 year ago)
Courage girl 👍🏻😎
Science Troll (1 year ago)
You've spoken on behalf of all of us. Thank you.
RICKZTAH (1 year ago)
such a powerful presentation! thank you for this. I wish everyone viewed this at some point in their life
Angelina Hunt (1 year ago)
This was very helpful...I can understand my daughter a little more. And, that gives me great comfort. She was diagnosed at 15 and it been a ride over the past year. Thank You!!
Mephisto Cat (1 year ago)
im 45 , have Aspergers, hold a full time job Transporting Dangerous Goods (ten ton tandem axle truck) and yet struggle.....I have lost over 20 jobs in the last 30 years....and am routinely bullied. Despite my 200 lb muscle built frame and no holds barred attitude.
Alexandra Fernandez (30 days ago)
The story of my life! I totally understand you.
Dickiann Garcia (4 months ago)
Mephisto Cat *hugs
Journal Kitty (11 months ago)
That is so sad. It is hard to be accepted. I'm 48 and only recently diagnosed. Ive lost more jobs than I can count, either being fired, or forced to leave. So much makes sense now I know why I am like this. Its great you have a good job now and I hope that you find happiness.
Mephisto Cat (1 year ago)
im 45 and everything Monique says is true.
blabbermouth (1 year ago)
I don't agree that there is this dychotomy between curing and accepting.
Naivedo (1 year ago)
Great job! This video has a lot of important information that should be shared with everyone. Oh, and as a high-functioning autistic individual, I know what it's like. I am a borderline-genius rated in the top 5% of the workforce, and I am extremely underemployed. I have applied for over 5,000 jobs since graduating college, rarely to I ever get interviewed, and when I do they almost never understand me nor my abilities even though I am surprising bright at almost everything I do outside of social skills. The problem is, no matter what the job, they all require people to have similar social skills to the majority of people within their culture.
Strange Angel (1 year ago)
Our culture is obsessed with social skills. That is a problem in and of itself.

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