UPDATE (October 2016) – Please note – an up-to-date version of our mission statement, together with a list of our specific goals can be found here.
by Guy Shahar
Published 10th May, 2016
We often hear autism being defined by the behaviours that can be observed in autistic people. For example, “it’s a condition where people have difficulty understanding social dynamics”, or “it’s a condition where people are sensitive to light or sound”.
Actually, these sorts of things are only the most superficial manifestations of autism, and autism itself is simply a condition of profound sensitivity: sensitivity to sensory stimulation and sensitivity to strong emotions.
This sensitivity arises not only from an acute ability to perceive sensory information, but also from an open heart and from a tender idealism that the only thing that makes sense in this world is for everybody to care about and ensure the well being of everybody else.
This means that autistic people have the potential to give so much and make an amazing contribution to the world.
But when they are subjected to constant sensory stimulation and relentless emotional negativity – sometimes even cruelty – all around them, it affects them in an unimaginably profound way. It is so painful that the only way they can deal with it is to put distance between themselves and their surroundings; to suppress that innate urge they have to interact with and bring great positivity to all around them.
When we can see beyond the superficial “behaviours” and observe and respect the true nature of the individual beneath, we can not only transform the life of that person, but also benefit from the huge potential they bring to improve this world.
And this, in essence, is the mission of the Transforming Autism Project: to raise awareness of the true nature of the autistic condition and to ensure autistic people are treated accordingly. We want to assist in the creation of an optimal environment around them so that the astonishing best within them can be evoked for us all to benefit from.
The book, Transforming Autism, is the very first step in this project. Written in early 2016, it uses one family’s journey to highlight not only the path taken to improve their autistic boy’s life, but also the true underlying nature of that autistic child.
This blog is intended to supplement the book, or provide a taste of some of its ideas to those who haven’t yet read it.
Beyond these, any other means will be used to progress these ends, including speaking, media coverage and consultations with individual families.
if you are interested in getting involved with the Transforming Autism Project or have any ideas that might be useful, please make contact using the form at the bottom of the screen, or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.