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
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.
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!
Thank you so much!
(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.
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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Aww! Thats cute!
this art is really smart!!
As a person with Asperger's myself, I like the message of Autism isn't entirely a negative thing.
I may be socially awkward, but everyone I meet is jealous of my math and observation skills. Also, the few friends I do have know how loyal I am.
This is a message everyone should see.
Anyways, fantastic and this absolutely deserves every Favorite it gets!
I just went to the Austim Speaks walk for my little brother Saturday. The condition is so hard to live with... especially for the parents. I can't imagine how their feelings have been. I also have Asperger's Syndrome as well (though apparently I'm very high functioning... I never could tell). I constantly try and keep up with the news of the research, because, in the end... I would love to see the day when a cure is found. Maybe I won't see the day. But I have faith that one day... it will come.
Thank you. This picture brings me hope that there are others who know, and wish to help educate people on autism.
It taught me a lot. Neither I nor anyone I am close to has any form of autism, so I was extremely ignorant on the subject.
I really appreciate you bringing this to my attention, and I feel that hopefully I will now be able to understand people with this condition a little bit better.
Great art, by the way.
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Now that I am in college, one of my friends has Aspergers, and another has autism. The one with asperger's is actually a very sweet, intelligent, and extremely clever person but highly misunderstood due his struggle with facial and voice tonal cues. (I think my grammar was horrible right there but oh well...)
My other friend with some type of autism has been label as "stupid", and "retarded" by most of his family, teachers, and even the government to the point where his reading and comprehension level in college was that of a 5th grader...or worse. In the past 2 years I've know him and been working with him his reading and comprehension score has shot up incredulously to at least a high school level if not better. Just because he stammers and doesn't always understand what the heck is going on doesn't mean he's stupid.
*sorry for the rant but I really loved the concept and motive behind this piece.
i have the same EXACT condition that you've got