A feature of autism is the inability to see and understand things from another person’s point of view. Imagine an apple on a table with a vase in front of it. The vase blocks your view of the apple. Someone on the other side of the table can see the apple and would ordinarily work out that you can’t see it. An autistic person would think that as they can see it then you can also. They just do not grasp the fact that your sightline is different to theirs. The vase hides the apple. A similar test of how autistic you are can be made based on your appraisal of other people’s sexual activity. If you consider bondage, handcuffs, whips, thigh high boots, firemen’s outfits and so on as items of despicable deviancy then you have a high level of this form of autism. You will have an undeveloped acquaintance of the diversity of humanity and its disparate nature. To then consider why someone would want to dress in adult sized nappies or be trampled on or urinated over for pleasure is completely outside your area of understanding. The range of activities that we do is mind boggling and would include balloon popping in high heels, tickling and countless more. Things that you will have heard of and lots that you wouldn’t think of in everyday connection with sexual activity. There are also a good few who have no sexual interest whatsoever. The more you can accept that others like to partake in such activities or not, the less autistic you are.

We all lie somewhere on the autistic spectrum. Autism has more far reaching implications than just an inability to see someone else’s point of view. What is clear and in fact the key issue that inspired the title of this text, was that people who we view as less able and less responsive in many ‘normal’ situations, lead just a rewarding contented and happy life as anyone else. They may have uncountable frustrations. They may not be able to tell us what they want at times, but by no means does it imply that their life is any less satisfactory.

We bump into characters from time to time with a pronounced level of autism. We ask questions and don’t get much back. It feels rather awkward. Although they can be quiet, shy and reserved they appreciate the time you spend with them immensely. Human presence is adored by most, but some have difficulty showing gratitude for your effort. Where face to face contact can be a major struggle you can be surprised by how well people can express themselves emotively when writing something down and presenting it to you.

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