Talking About It

Uploaded by mediathatmatters on 25.09.2011

There was a man who said he couldn't follow the train for the right train house
but then a 45 kilometer house cut him off, but then the man didn't see what he was doing because the car cut him off
for walking into the wrong house, but then he stood with the man for the other house! The end.
When I was living in Everyville,
My mom, Karen she would wake up with me in the mornings, on Saturday mornings
and then make breakfast for me and then take me
to my swimming lessons at the Berkeley YMCA
and then after that I would go get pizza at Arnold's in downtown Berkeley
(Isaac): I am interviewing my mom about myself having Aspergers.
(Isaac): When did you find out I had Aspergers?
(Mom): Well I think I found out you had Aspergers when you were about 14 years old
and it was only because the school told me that I should really have you assessed for that,
that I thought I should.
Otherwise, I'm not sure I ever would've figured it out because it's hard
to know when someone has Aspergers.
But I knew that sometimes you didn't understand how people felt
about things,
and there was that long period too when you didn't talk to other people.
(Isaac): I felt like I did not have it, and I kept telling her that
I did not have it and she kept telling me I have it and then she told me all the stuff that I do,
that an Asperger's person would do, and then I just accepted it.
If I see something crooked I fix it,
and I fixate on the same stuff over and over again.
When I look at people, I look at people for a certain
for a short period of time then I look down
or I look away.
(Isaac): Now how do you feel about me having it?
(Mom): Well,
I guess when I first found out I was relieved because I knew that you were
uncomfortable, particularly around your peers,
and I could see you had trouble getting eye contact to people, that you prefer to talk
to adults
and that you kept to yourself a lot. So I didn't know what was going on and I kept
thinking maybe if I just brought more kids into your life that it would be easier but,
it didn't seem to work that way so actually I felt relieved to know the
diagnosis and then I started reading about Aspergers and learning what I can do
to help you.
So, it felt good to know but it was also a little scary.
(Isaac): This is the way my pills
are set up, so its set up like this. So its set up at AM and then at PM.
She leaves this out for me because sometimes I'll forget to take them and I see that there and it will remind me to do it.
It's good to let people know about disabilities in the world because people don't have a certain
disability and they find out about somebody having it they
they think that they're weird or not normal. I think that there weird so they don't think
about them as much as someone who has a disability.
I don't really care that I have it because it doesn't make me different from anybody else,
because really nobody can tell
when you walk down the street, nobody can tell that you have it, that I have it. They cannot tell.
(Isaac): And when did you decide to tell me about it?
(Mom): Well, I told you right away, Isaac. Because I have always shared with you everything that was going on
with you,
and encouraged you to feel really good about yourself, and to
to know that the more you know about yourself the better prepared you are
to create the life that make sense for you.
(Isaac): I wanted to do three colors on a color wheel.
So this is the color green, its a leaf thats outside my house.
This is a blue, this is something my mom wears, a jacket.
This is the red of some sweatshirt of a person that I hang out with.
That's their red sweatshirt.
I wanna say to someone who just found out about Aspergers,
its ok that you have it because there are other people in the world have it, so you are not the
only one in the world who has it.
And you should go out in the world and do things that a normal person would do
and try to
and try to deal with it, find ways to do with it.