Am I Not Human?
a wheelchair and did not talk; he only rocked back and forth.
I was afraid, of what, I don’t know. As I walked by I ignored
his existence. Only after working with autistic individuals,
individuals. There are many levels of autism. There are also
are also different severity’s of blindness, and different ways
for blind individuals to adapt to their environments.
Autism is a syndrome that inhibits a person’s ability to
no cure, but it can be overcome through social adjustments and
speech developments. There is great deal of variety among
do well in special supportive environments, working in
sheltered settings. Still others are totally independent and
function fairly well. The last, or “high-functioning,” group is
often not recognized; however, they do exist, and people need
to recognize and understand the difficulties they face: their
world. These levels of intensity in relation to the disability
talks about the varying degrees of blindness, and how people
assume that there is only one type of blindness, total
Their is no cure to autism but it can be managed through
there are many different types of treatments. Through Braille
publications, glasses, and different types of adaptations made
effectively treat autism, any approach should be flexible in
nature, rely on positive reinforcement, be re-evaluated on a
regular basis and provide a smooth transition from home to
caregivers, with generalization of skills to all settings.
provide effective habilitation for a person with autism unless
offered consultation or in-service training by an experienced
specialist who is knowledgeable about the disability.
A generation ago, the vast majority of the people with
autism were eventually placed in institutions. Professionals
were much less educated about autism than they are today;
autism specific supports and services were largely
non-existent. Today the picture is brighter. With appropriate
services, training, and information, most families are able to
support their son or daughter at home. Group homes, assisted
apartment living arrangements, or residential facilities offer
more options for out of home support. Autism-specific programs
and services provide the opportunity for individuals to be
taught skills which allow them to reach their fullest
People fear differences in people. In Georgina Kleege’s
essay she stated “The fear of blindness leads naturally to the
fear of the blind” (400). The same applies for autistic
people. Many people fear that they will somehow catch it or
that it will ruin them in some way. People do not realize that
autism only has to do with communication and social skills.
The repeated rocking and hand flapping and other body movements
are due to their lack of skill in not only verbal, but also
non-verbal communication. It is a way for them to display
their distress and frustration. The ignorance of the truth
about subjects is what leads to this fear of difference. If
everyone knew the facts and reasons of autism there would be no
Through out Kleege’s essay she describes the
mistreatment of disabled individuals. Society has been
ignorant of the causes and reasons for these differences. This
has lead to a fear toward anyone or thing who is different.
There will always be people who are uneducated and unwilling to
learn, which causes fear, and fear is a result of ignorance and
an unwillingness to understand the situations of others.
the life of a disabled person. This allows people to better
understand these differences, which helps eliminate fear.