Saturday, December 09, 2006

Same Difference

I am no more clear about what autism is than ever I was. I mostly feel that it isn't anything, that it isn't even an 'it' at all; just an agreed number of items ticked on a list of the kinds of difficulties that most of us have anyway.

Having become acquainted with one or two young sufferers, I am particularly struck by how similar they are to other members of their families who are not themselves reckoned to be autistic. Their problems seem to stem, not from how different they are, but how similar.

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