An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Autism: a lid to immense beauty and intelligence!

Different is bad. Conformity is good. Anything that is not according to our way of life is a negative thing! For example, there are many people who suffer from Autism – a learning diability. A recent Indian movie – Taare Zameen Par – dealt with it. The level and degree of this disorder could vary.

Sometimes, the kid may not even be able to speak and behave in a manner that is not considered “normal”. Just this gets that kid the label of “mentally retarded”! What if such a person really has a bright and articulate mind, but the tongue and the body cannot help and be good conduits?? Would our arrogance almost destroy a life?

Carly described her frustrations with her siblings and she understands their jokes as well. She wants to g oon a date too! But she is autistic. And many people thought that she is mentally retarded. Hardly.

She has even dumbfounded the doctors and her own parents.

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