February 19, 2007

Monday Movies: A Privileged View of Autism

Over at the new site Wis.dm.com I came across a post by Will Koffel tagged "disability." If there is indeed wisdom to be found at the site this video represents it well.

An introductory note:The first section is what a linguist might refer to as an "idiolect" - a private language (in this case involving gesture and humming.) Keep watching through whatever emotions arise for you in the first section. The second section is interpreted in English. It is unexpectedly articulate and forceful.

From the author, A. M. Baggs:

The first part is in my "native language," and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.

Anoher is the best of what Web 2.0 offers. It is a video response to the first video. Again articulate (of course, anybody who references Chomsky's LAD in normal conversation will get my attention) and powerfully modeling the processes that several of us bloggers with disabilities who have been invited to write on the use of technology by people with disabilities.

The clip about one-fingered typing that the previous author refers to is here:

Post Script:

I thought that the reflections over at AmpuTeeHee were insightful. I especially found these notes important:

* Please watch this if you interact with (or have wondered how to react to) people with autism or other cognitive disabilities.
*Please watch this if you engage in a psychological or spiritual practice that involves any sort of immersion method for connecting with all that is happening in the world around you.

Posted by rollingrains at February 19, 2007 08:52 PM