I saw this video, called Autism Reality, on another blog — LBnuke (thanks for sharing it Lori :-D) — and I wanted to share it here too.
Autism Reality is a 10 minute documentary film about autism by Alex Plank. The film features interviews with Dr. Temple Grandin, Alex himself, and a handful of others including Alex’s parents. This film shows a perspective not often seen in autism media by portraying autism as a reality which is neither good nor bad, just a different way that some people are wired. Alex is the founder of WrongPlanet.net, one of the earliest and largest online communities for people on the autistic spectrum.
The film also features a brief interview with Dr Edward Hall, a Mohawk Shaman, which I found particularly interesting because of my interest in the connections with autism/Asperger’s and what is often termed supernatural, paranormal and psychic phenomena. Dr Hall said:
“To be autistic means you can become a shaman. Your autism is your license to begin practicing if you would decide to follow a Red Path. Red Paths don’t come quickly, they come through experience. When you stop seeking wisdom is when you begin to get a little wiser.”
I also found some information about Red Paths…
A Red Path or red road is not a physical road, it is the path to inner self. The Red Road is a path given to the First Nations people by the Creator and assures all the best in life and the capacity to make dreams come true. It is more than a way to walk in life, it is a way to feel in life. To truly ‘walk’ the Red Road, one must understand its relationship with thought. Red Road is about the fact that we are creators of the way we see the world, we are creators of our experiences, which we must understand or we risk letting negative experiences dictate the way our day, week or entire life will be. To follow the Red Road, one must also have faith. Faith that it is always there no matter how far we stray. Teachings describe the Red Road and love as being the same thing. Meaning, it is a beautiful feeling that is free of judgment and any hostile or negative thoughts. (From http://www.redroad-nl.com/)
I just wish there could have been more time devoted to this particular interview. The latest book by William Stillman, The Autism Prophecies, delves into this and related topics — see my blog Autism, Spirituality & Record Blog Stats!
Overall, I enjoyed the video, and I would encourage others to watch it and perhaps gain a new understanding of autism and to help spread the movie’s main message, which is…
“Autism is not good or bad …just different.”