This day I want to write a bit about being on the Autism spectrum — a glimpse of my life.
When I was in elementary school, there were no tests or accommodations for those who learned differently. Growing up, I knew I was different, but I did not understand why. That did not come until God revealed it to me at fifty-eight years of age. In junior high and high school we had retarded and severely retarded, as labels for those born with any type of mental exceptionality, and basic, intermediate and advanced learners. I was placed in basic and intermediate classes. Different learning styles or pull out learning was not an option like it is today. I learned by absorbing as much information as possible as it bounced around me.
As I look back over my life of exceptionality, I am in many ways thankful that I was never labeled and had to learn to compensate to survive. On the other hand, oh, the places I could have gone had I been educationally challenged.
In my understanding of the plan God has for my life, I accept simply that I am blessed. With the Holy Spirit as my guide, my life is richer and the colors deeper.
In my Asperger's, I see things and understand things on a level that is incomprehensible to most. Often I see a very intolerable world for those who are wired differently. It makes me sad. I have said that until we are committed to love and encourage everyone on the spectrum, our eyes will not be opened fully to God's purpose of loving our neighbor as ourselves.
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