Things I don’t understand

A comment my colleagues made left me confused.


Autism & prosopagnosia

love this! going to go follow some of the links now, but its good to hear someone backing me up on this 😉

Actually Autistic London

Prosopagnosia.jpg Image: Bold & Noble

Prosopagnosia is a neurological disorder characterized by the inability to recognize faces.  Prosopagnosia is also known as face blindness.

Up to two thirds of autistic people have prosopagnosia. It’s present from birth, and appears to run in families, which means it likely to have some genetic component.

It’s only recently that I became aware that I have prosopagnosia. I had no idea there was such a condition, I thought it was just me.

I  recognise people I don’t know well by their unique hair, physical attributes, clothes, accessories, voice or something that stands out rather than their face.

If they change or cover up what makes them stand out, or if I see them somewhere other than the usual place, I might have no idea who they are.

For example, a woman with dreadlocks who works at a drop-in centre covered up her hair with a headscarf…

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On Functioning and “Functioning”

Autistic Academic

Not only did I present on deconstruction, autism, and digital communities at #cwcon this week, I also roomed (and presented) with a number of other autistic people.

I’ve made several autistic friends via the Internet, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts (and in the presentation).  I’ve even met a few of them one on one.  But spending time in a group gave me a perspective I haven’t had before.  Like:

  • The fact that I’ve never had an IEP, or was never diagnosed in childhood for anything, may be relatively unusual for autistics/NDs in my approximate age group.
  • I’m as awkward at autistic conversational norms as I am at NT ones, but I am less anxious about this awkwardness because something about autistic conversational norms feels intuitively right to me in a way that NT conversational norms never have.
  • Most of my autistic body-language norms have been completely extinguished.


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