This is a satirical article inspired by the story of an experienced hiker, who happens to be autistic, who got lost in the desert and was found alive and well three weeks later. His rescuers claim he was found in part because “autistics are often drawn to water”.
Of course, his autism had nothing to do with it, other than the initial unwise decision that got him into that situation. He knew he needed water to survive in the desert (who doesn’t know that?), and being an experienced hiker he knew how to find it, as well as how to find food.
The point of the article is that “autistic people are considered so exotic and mysterious that you can say pretty much anything about autism in a news article and get away with it”.
It’s sad, really. Autistics are just people whose brain is wired a little differently. It doesn’t give them magical powers.
What do you think?
- Questioning Pain: Autism, and the experience and expression of pain (autismandoughtisms.wordpress.com)
- My two sons with autism ARE NOT the reason I suffer from depression… (madness42.wordpress.com)
- Flawed Research (aspieside.com)
- Autistic Pride Day (timotheusgordon.com)
- I Am Human , I Am Autistic !! (thegirlintightshoe.wordpress.com)
- Great article at TPGA: Advice to Young Autistics: Stick Around and Become Awesome (leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk)
- Autistic hiker found emaciated in Utah desert after month-long search (shortformblog.com)
- Apps for Autism: Communicating on the iPad (cbsnews.com)