This Is Asperger's. This Is Autism.

These images and words are intended to show the general public who and what we are. Hopefully this project and others like it will undo some of the damage about Asperger's and Autism generated in the media in the past week. If you would like to add your photo or text to this page, please go over to my contact page and get in touch. Think CAREFULLY before you send photos of your children. I have decided not to post pictures of children, in order to protect their privacy. The only exceptions will be people I know fairly well. There are many images that parents have created, that are beautiful and wonderful, but I am going to focus on adults here. The images and words about our wonderful children are important for people to see and read, to understand something about us. I suggest you go to the links below to find other images.

These images WILL show up in search engines and are very public. They will show up in searches on my name, in particular. BUT, please do not assume you have permission to use these images. You don't, unless you ask each person in the images. Thank you.

Autistic people, people who identify as having Asperger's or another autism spectrum condition, people with other disabilities, allies, parents, friends, community members, please feel free to send your images. 


NEW: Text-based submissions will be accepted and will be interspersed with the photo images. Cartoons OK, too. Basic rules: Must not be "too long" (do your own blog entry for that!) and must stay to the topic of "This Is Asperger's. This Is Autism." Following basic netiquette will be a plus.

Other initiatives include Autism Shines on Facebook, which has many more images than this one.


Another Facebook page is Autistics, Not Monsters

Many beautiful images and words at 

ThAutcast: Asperger's and Autism Community

The Autistic Adults Picture Project is one of the, or the, oldest collections of photos and text regarding Autistic adults.


Note that some of these images express our very real fears; others celebrate the joy of human diversity. 


I am planning to write transcripts for all the images that have text, as soon as I get a chance. 























"I've put the following on the image where I've posted it:
Since this image is starting to get passed around, I want to make it clear- I own my autism the same way I own my intelligence- it is integral to me, not something I can or would have removed from myself... and, like my intelligence, I am not afraid to put the intensity, focus, drive and passion that come with that aspect of myself to work making change where change is needed."























14 comments:

selenedepackh said...

Paula,
Selene here. Just wanted to say thank you.

Paula C. Durbin-Westby said...

You are welcome, Selene!

Bev said...

Thank you, Paula!

Penny Pinkerton Gearing said...

Wonderful blog! I will check it out often. I am the proud mother of not one but TWO Aspies, both teenagers. One is having troubles and I am in need of support. Thank you for being you and for being here. <3

Maya said...

Thank you Paula for all being such an amazing woman. I am proud of these wonderful individuals. You all are truly amazing people :)

EJ said...

Beautiful Paula, Thank you. I got emotional reading each of the statements. Perhaps I will post something soon.

Unknown said...

Good job about the kiddos...I posted a photo of my kids way far away at the FB thing for that very reason. :)

kathy said...

great project!

ademotta said...


What a beautiful project. Are you including links to personal narratives of autistics as well? If so…I "came out" this week in light of the medias portrayal of autism and its role in the school shootings, and would love to add my voice to the many here. I am a graduate student with Asperger’s. Here is the blog post with my story:
http://thumos29.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/i-am-not-adam-lanza/

Paula C. Durbin-Westby said...

Ademotta, yes, I would like personal narratives, too. I know of at least three other people who "came out" this week, because of the negative focus on Asperger's/autism in the media. YOU ALL WHO DID THAT ARE MY HEROES. (And I am not recommending that anyone do that just to get on my heros' list- each person has to decide what is best, safe, right for them.)

Rebel Mommy said...

Thank you so much for including my picture! I am honored to stand with you, and all my Autistic family and friends!

Scott Kinkade said...

Very nice. Thanks for sharing these.

The Stampin' Abode said...

This is so beautiful... beautiful people and beautiful idea. Thank you, Paula for all you are doing to battle the ignorance and backlash. My Aspie husband is my world. My Aspie son (also adult) is amazing both inside and out, super talented, genuine. Can't imagine my life without either of them. They are part of who 'I' am.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing theses. I am so much more informed.

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