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Autism Ambigram Tessellation by BatmanWithBunnyEars Autism Ambigram Tessellation by BatmanWithBunnyEars
About the drawing:

This ambigram tessellation is my version of the autism awareness puzzle. (The symbolism in the coloration and design of the original puzzle is explained here: [link]) The red and yellow lettering spells “AUTISM” one way, and the blue and green lettering spells it at a 180o angle. No matter which way the image is rotated, the right side up lettering appears convex, while the upside down lettering appears concave.

MS Paint, 896 x 554 pixels, 24 colors

The message:

Autism awareness is a good start, but simply being aware that there is such a thing isn’t enough. There are many misconceptions about autism, but for the sake of brevity, I will only discuss my most important point: Autism isn't entirely a negative thing.

I was medically diagnosed with Asperger’s, which is a high-functioning form of autism. My difficulty with recognizing social cues and responding accordingly, my constant compulsion to perform repetitive motions, my difficulty in keeping track of schedules, and other idiosyncrasies have given me a great deal of hardship in both the social and professional aspects of my life. However, my condition also liberates my mind. While social nuances elude me, more concrete and deterministic concepts like physics, calculus, geometry, and language, including distant and abstract concepts, come naturally.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you an inspirational article my Dad sent me about famous people who had autism: [link] These were brilliant scientists, artists, musicians, authors, and other gifted professionals. To consider them disabled because of their social challenges is like calling an NBA star disabled because he’s too tall to drive a compact car or a fighter jet. If you get down on yourself for having autism, remember this: “Autism” starts with “Au”, and that’s the chemical symbol for gold.


For a funny cartoon with the same message, check out Autism is not Retarded by *djcchs2004.

EDIT: Thanks so much to =nikki-ns for the suggestion and ^wdwparksgal the feature!
As a gesture of good faith and reciprocation, I'll try to visit everyone's gallery who favorites, comments, etc., which might take a while, depending on how popular this piece gets. Feel free to note me if I don't get around to you soon.
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Given 2011-10-12
fightking Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This one hurts my brain, well done...
ChaoticPuffins Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whiteirislady Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist
That is so TRUE!
AliNavGo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014

Hi! I'm sorry to ask you this, but I wanted your permission to use your image for a presentation about Autism... it's for school, I promise I'm not getting any profit with it, I just want people to be aware of autism.
Of course I'm gonna credit you!

BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   General Artist
Sure thing!  I'm glad you like my art.
DeviousDude456 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I'm autistic, and I love this!
CpmPanda Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
My daughter was just diagnosed with ASD, I'm doing everything I can to support her, go to her early intervention classes with her and I work at home now because she needs all my time. I am going to use this image on my facebook timeline if that is ok?  This is an amazing piece, this is beyond awesome.

Thank you so much!
NadjaGreen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sethness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Based on what you say, I wonder if ADD/ADHD is a form of autism? ADD/ADHD folks fit a lot of the things you've associated with autism: inability to prioritize & manage a time schedule, for example. In ADHD, emergency signals are drowned out: all the incoming messages to the brain are as though they were SHOUTED, at equal volume.

(I'm ADHD, by the way.)

ADHD is a social disaster but has its up side, too. It's nicknamed the "hunter" trait, because ADHDers are particularly good at finding things, noticing changes in the environment... basically the opposite of the ability to concentrate. It's also associated with overcompensating on concentration, being prone to addictive behavior, and higher intelligence. ...for what it's worth. :-)
sethness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Yeeeow, this one hurts my eyes. Maybe this one should only be viewed with sunglasses on.

BTW, there's a good book out now about autism. It's an autobiography of a Japanese boy with autism: "The reason that I jump". Give it a look at your library...and keep up the good work, BWBE.
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