It’s Autism Awareness Month. I meant to post this a while ago, but forgot until now. Anyways, at work, we just got these blue wrist bands that have five words that create a â€œmantraâ€? about interacting, understanding, and appreciating people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders(ASD). I guess everyone who has a message they want to get out to the public is jumping on the bandwagon with rubber bracelets like the original yellow bracelets by Lance Armstrong.
We were watching this show that Stan taped for us (yes, can you believe it?) called Craft Corner Deathmatch. It’s “Martha Stewart Living” meets “Iron Chef.” So they have “craft-offs” where the contestants’ work is judged to see who is the better crafter. Anyways, they were trying to make some stuff with leaves when the show cuts over to a “brief history of leaves”:
(announcer narrates in British accent)
Leaves were first used as underwear. Then they put it in water and made tea.
A most excellent summary.
I was diagnosed with autism as a child. I think it was Asperger's or some mild form of it… where I have above-average intelligence but lack in social skills (something I still seem to have today)
Which reminds me… the place I work out right now (health policy center) has ASD as one of their projects. You can check out the website here: http://www.chipolicy.org/doc.asp?id=5416 . I'd be interested to hear what you think, and also see whether or not you'd attend one of the meeting things they do.