in my language

This is really quite extraordinary. Please do watch it. A video from an autistic woman, communicating first in her own terms, in her own language, then explaining where she is coming from in english.

The first part is in my “native language,” and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.

Yeah. Amazing.

3 Responses to “in my language”

  1.   R-bot
    September 3rd, 2008 | 11:13 pm

    That was surprisingly eloquent. I mean, I know that people with autism have ‘gifts’ and all that, but man, consider my misconceptions shattered. Thanks, I’m going to spread that link.

  2.   Administrator
    September 3rd, 2008 | 11:47 pm

    Yeah, it is really striking, and has totally changed my conceptions of autism.

  3.   bruce
    September 5th, 2008 | 4:33 pm

    That was amazing! Thanks.