Wretches & Jabberers

A superb new film following the The World Intelligence Magnified Tour of Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher.

From the press release:

The first stop is Sri Lanka, where they visit old friend Chammi Rajapatirana, 35, who they have met at conferences in the US. Together, the group meets with parents of children with autism to demonstrate their communication skills, answer their urgent questions, and appeal to the parents to believe in their children's innate intelligence. "You will be surprised how often we make wrong assumptions about ability," Chammi tells the group.

In Japan, Tracy and Larry meet 16-year-old Naoki Higashida. Naoki is an accomplished artist who has published more than ten books of his stories and drawings but is denied access to public school. Meeting Tracy and Larry is a revelation to him. He says, "I never had a conversation like this with people that communicate the way I do." He eagerly joins the men in presenting at a national autism conference at Tokyo University.

The world divided into "Wretches" and "Jabberers"

Their final trip is to Helsinki, Finland where they are interviewed by a Finnish filmmaker and present at the Autism Foundation Conference. Here, they meet Antti Lappalainen, 21, and Henna Laulainen, 23. Both are accomplished in their ability to communicate through typing and yet, spend their days doing meaningless chores in adult disabilities centers. Antti says, "Language is everything I am. Completely different than my misunderstood appearance."

"We poor wretches are better than Jabberers"

It is Antti who humorously declares the world divided into "Wretches" - those with limited speech - and "Jabberers" - those who can speak freely. He tells the group, "We poor wretches are better than Jabberers. They don't know it yet, but we will tell it to them [at the conference]." At the end of that conference, Antti strikes a more serious note, asking the audience to "dispel the darkness around us poor wretches.

Take us for real people.

Don't sideline us."

Aphorism Eight

On life:

“Es stehen gewiß tausend Dummheiten darin, aber dann gewiß auch ebensoviele Wahrheiten”

After Franz Overbeck

Silence Speaks (again)

Silence is not an excuse to forget our humanity.
Even silence speaks.
It lends direction to the breeze.
Can you hear it?
But you can feel it.
So it is with us.
Like the flower, we lean into the light.
Our actions point the way.
Start by listening through all your senses
and you will hear us speak,
even in our silence.

From Mike's “In My Voice”

Deo Iuvante - Two

Here is the Lay of the Land. It's time to light you hookahs:

Neurotypicals are Evil.

That is, Neurotypicals in their basic and untutored form are Bad News. With many years of appropriate schooling and support from understanding and enlightened parents, it is possible for them to mature into nominally useful members of Society.

Ajit Singh 1998 - 2010

Ajit Singh 1998 - 2010
Ajit Singh was a severely autistic boy from Barking in London. His mother, was convicted of his manslaughter after she made him drink a cup of bleach.

Satpal Kaur Singh, dialled 999 after the incident and said “I've just murdered my son and I've tried to kill myself. I'm drinking bleach and nothing is happening”. 

The boy was taken to hospital but later died, aged 12 years old.

A Letter To Bernie

Dear Bernie,

It is important to search for the light in the overwhelming darkness. This is a good example