“I see the world through little details.
I must add each of these details, one after the other, to have a general view of things.”
Luna has Asperger’s Syndrome and is relatively high functioning. She also has significant cognitive issues.
“I have some troubles with space and time, and it’s difficult for me sometimes to understand where noises come from. I can go home after my work and I often don’t recognize my own flat. It’s more dramatic when I go away for the whole weekend: I need several minutes to re-appropriate my apartment, otherwise I begin to panic.
“I don’t really recognize myself in a mirror. I’m a “puzzle-woman”, like I was made of different pieces. I mean, it’s like I was a living camera without a body, or just a head and nothing else under. I can see my hand writing on the keyboard but it could be somebody else’s body parts. Strange, hey?”
This following is excerpted from a report by The Art Of Autism on an essay by Dr. Scott Standifer, entitled “Reflecting Autism: Autistic Fixation Shapes Photographer’s Unique Images.
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Dr. Scott Standifer is a Clinical Instructor in the Disability Policy & Studies office of the University of Missouri. He is the author of Adult Autism & Employment: A guide for vocational rehabilitation professionals. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He also posts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AutismEmployment.