Takiwatanga is the Mauri word for Autism.
The English translation is ‘In My Own Space And Time’
For me this sums up my Autism, I am in my own space and time.
I like being Autistic, I’ve had plenty of practice at it, what with me being a silver surfer and all that.
Over the years I have found that Autism only becomes a disability for me when it comes into contact with a society that doesn’t understand it.
My Autism is not a disability to me it is who I am. It becomes a disability when society wants me to be just like them.
Being Autistic becomes difficult only when we are requested to do something that people think we should be able to do, just because everybody else can do it.
So is Autism the disability ? or is it society that disables it ?
What are your thoughts ?
Autism is different for everyone, these are all my own opinions and thoughts.
Your Autism may be completely different to mine, but we all share a common trait, we are all different to the ‘norm’.
But we are all unique in the ‘how different from the norm we are’ department.
Seeing the world through a different lens can be difficult, some people need more help than others, to be able to make sense of a world that sometimes makes no sense.
Learning to embrace your differences, and use them to your advantage can take a lot of time, and requires much more effort than simply being.
Being born with Autism, is like being given a different set of instructions to follow, than those born without it.
Social norms can be learned, but not without considerable effort and energy on the learners part. Those born without Autism do not need to use considerable energy to attain these social norms. They have the correct set of instructions from birth.
The amount of energy used in trying to ‘fit in’ with society can sometimes become impossible to maintain. This leads to becoming overwhelmed, and the meltdowns begin.
Take society out of the equation, I am happy, not disabled, just me Betty.
Add a dose of society and I can easily become disabled Betty.