2 can you explain? I have no idea, not a clue what it is like to have autism. What is it like? I am sorry that you have this issue, but am curious how have you overcome, or turned your lemon into lemonade.
I'm not going to answer for him, but as he stated "...it’s impossible to get anyone who has never experienced it, to understand it..."
Any kind of neurological disorder is really difficult, if not impossible to explain to someone who does not have it, because there is no frame of reference
I have Epilepsy. Fortunately controlled after a long time, but trying to explain it is very difficult. The 15 years or so starting around age 13 were really hell. There were no lemons to lemonade - I just finally found a neurologist that was an old-timer and really listened to me. Knew what he was doing, and didn't mess around with kickbacks from medication companies. Found a medication combo that worked and now I can enjoy life again.
To the point though - trying to put into words what it is like to have your brain not work right, it's just tough. Words like feeling fuzzy, hazy, or maybe that pit of your stomach feeling just before a storm. Then waking up after a seizure is definitely indescribable - it is the most base terror of everything. I can only theorize that coming out of it there is no awareness of 'what' anything 'is' - literally. I don't know anyone or recognize anything and I want to get away. Then after a few minutes I kind of realize what happened and I lapse into a deep sleep for hours. I think the mind and body is just recovering. Man I don't miss those days. Again - nothing I write would do it justice though.
She explains "it" as well as anyone. The problem is, much like many neurological disorders, no two afflicted people are exactly alike.
@kickthecan, Agreed. She does do a good job, and I definitely applaud the idea of encouraging practical skills applications whenever possible. I’ve watched several specials that include her and others that are high functioning autistic people or otherwise.
On topic of oz24′s question however, Ms. Gradin’s extremely extensive information, books, presentations, and so forth are still mostly informative and explain her personal experience. Once again it is further proof that it is nearly impossible to conver ‘what it is like’ to have autism or really any other neurological disorder to someone who doesn’t have one.
I don’t say that to be disparaging or invoke some kind of pity or whatever – any of that is detrimental to both parties. Just a statement of difficulty. It just is what it is. People like her are still the best resource we have in that department though.
In my individual case, I have great difficulty deciphering or interpreting verbal instructions from too many people. Then, in far too many of those cases, I find myself accused of being deliberately defiant or rebellious for failing to following someone's instructions, after I genuinely misunderstood the instructions. It really drives a person to suicidal tendencies.
 April 15, 2016 at 1:35am
You are amazing, so is your son. God made no mistake when He put you two together. What a loving God. He gives you the love, and your son who basically shows the love of God, what an amazing combo!
 April 9, 2016 at 4:27pm
All I have to say is I am really hating these politicians(Trump and Obama) telling me to raise my hand and pledge my vote to you or forcing me to vote in regards to what Obama is saying. Screw you. Voting is the ultimate act in a free society, and I really take issue with someone telling me who I have to vote for or forcing me to vote, SCREW YOU! These people are really out of control.
oz: Just letting you know, after I get weary of setting everyone straight on this thread, I'm tuning into the last round of the latest PGA tournament.
cruz will NEVER be president of America. NEVER
 April 3, 2016 at 1:13pm
I thought it was cool that the girl did so good at first, but when he explained the rules, she was a very quick learner and abided by the rules. It seems that an 11 yr old, who didn’t scream and cry about the rules, made an adjustment and kept going. I am thinking DT could learn something from this young girl.
Excellent job officer Pricer!
 March 25, 2016 at 8:38am
That is why for me, Rush is so much more disappointing. It truly pisses me off that Rush can say the most destructive thing for this country is the democratic party, and Hillary and Bernie would be the end, but he totally ignores that Trump IS a democrat. So by Rush’s definition, Trump is a danger to this country. Why can’t he see that? Rush is doing a disservice to this nation by not warning people. Love him or hate him, Glenn Beck does his due service for this country. He at least tries to lay out facts and not sugarcoat stuff. Just like Ted Cruz. I think both Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck have the balls to be honest to this country. They won’t tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear and then solutions for those problems.
 March 21, 2016 at 10:23am
To Libertarian/Socialist: That is correct, glad someone will finally recognize that Trump isn’t the one getting screwed by the press, it really is Cruz. I flipped all over the news this weekend, and saw maybe 15 minutes tops about Cruz altogether. Trump gets 99% and now Kasich is taking what little away that Cruz might have gotten since it went down to 3 people. In my book, it just has to be that God will fight his battles, we must trust Him. As John Q. Adams once said: Duty is ours, results are God’s. Fight the battle honorably, and God will handle the results.
One thing I am liking about this conversation: Everyone seems to be in agreement, JK, get the heck out of the race! I like when the Cruz/Trump people can agree on something. I hate when everyone seems to be at each others throats all the time. I understand it is the nature of the beast, but boy, it sucks for it to be so contentious all the time. One thing I would like to ask Trump supporters. Do you guys agree on that we need to be following the Constitution/Bill of Rights/Rule of Law? If you are, and you know that is where Cruz stands, can you not stand with him if he would somehow get the nomination over Trump? Can you not get past all the crap that has been said? Even though Trump calls TC a liar all the time, imho they in fact are lies about TC. Has Trump done irreparable damage to where you guys could in no way support Cruz at the end of the day? That is my biggest concern. Has it indeed become such scorched earth that if Trump does not win, is he making it impossible for the last guy standing to win, namely Ted Cruz? Just an honest question, I would love to see what you guys think.
I do not think Trump is doing Ted Cruz much (if any) harm because those who understand both candidates don't take what Donald Trump says as truthful as regarding Ted Cruz. Well.. actually regarding anything. Trump's remarks always make me think to myself 'consider the source' and so they are easily disregarded because of Trump's own character...or lack thereof.
VOTE American. TRUMP2016 because politicians SUCK
March 3, 2016 at 11:13am
Persuading people to come to your side after seeing a tv report that someone is leaving the stump to go home to FL, not going to the next stops, and the reporters constantly saying that this is highly unusual, and not the actions of someone serious about becoming president, what is the problem? Besides, it was a caucus, if it was wrong, than anyone from Carson’s campaign could have refuted it, it was a caucus! Ted apologized twice, once to Carson directly, and once in front of millions of people at the debate. Did you hear of one person that got dissuaded from voting for Carson? He performed better than expected, he didn’t lose anything. He was in no way going to win, and he was basically going to get out until everything got so blown out of proportion. In my book, if a mistake is made, you make things right. Ted showed that he is very presidential in that he was not too prideful or arrogant to apologize. That takes more balls than blaming it on someone else. The thing with his spokesperson (I never liked him from the beginning) was also another example of him doing the right thing. He fired the guy right away. His examples of leadership, even though people will dog him for these incidents, show me that he is a great leader. Things can be totally out of your hands, but Cruz at least takes correct action in lieu of these issues. He doesn’t throw people under the bus and he takes decisive action when needed. I would hope you can at least agree on that.
March 3, 2016 at 8:44am
Just a couple of weeks ago, Ted Cruz told Glenn that he will only have a true constitutionalist as his running mate. The reason being, if anything happened to him, he wanted to make sure for the good of the country the presidency would still be run by a constitutionalist in his absence. Why would Glenn, who I love, basically undermine Ted and what he just vocalized to Glenn not just a couple weeks ago? I don’t feel Ted needs to lock arm in arm with someone that has lied to his constituents, and also feels that gov’t spying on you is a good thing. Sorry to say this, but screw Rubio. He is a slimeball. He reduced himself to acting like Trump to get Trump? Talk issues, stop with the insults, it is not becoming. I am thankful Ted for the most part keeps above the fray on that. It’s too easy to get in the gutter. I love Ted Cruz. He never gives up or backs down. He is the true winner, no matter what the outcome. He has a plan on how to win this, and it isn’t by embracing someone who will basically do anything to get the highest office in the land. If you want it so bad, why don’t you work for it honestly like Ted Cruz is doing? He needs to be our president, for the good of this republic!!!!! Cruz 2016
You forget Cruz's slimeball tactics in Iowa with Carson and that disgusting voter audit he sent out and you want to talk about moral?? You mention Rubio wanting to spy on Americans when your boy Tedevangelist voted for the freedom act too? You're either totally uninformed or blinded by your preference.
 March 1, 2016 at 9:09am
Thanks FOX NEWS! Always been Trump and Rubio getting all the air time, free advertising. Watched a reporter talk about something, right in the middle of what he said, he said the name Ted Cruz, and talked about something else. Like, we always mention Ted Cruz, you can’t accuse us of not talking about him, we always do. By just saying his name in some way but never talking to him or about him? And then if you do, it is always to disparage him or argue with him, and bring up talking points of another candidate to hit him? They have been a disgrace. I have been enjoying C-Span over any of the networks, (to an extent). CNN actually can be more fair than FN. One thing this election has done is expose the racists, liberals, liars, rinos, opportunists, panderers, slimeballs and a myriad of adjectives that aren’t coming to mind right now that I should be adding to this list, but you get the point!
 February 28, 2016 at 8:34pm
I would just say to anybody who is a Cruz supporter: Is Ted giving up? No, he will never give up on us, why would we give up on him? We must keep plugging for him, he will always keep giving his all for the cause, why should we do any different? It ain’t over til it’s over. I read something that Caroline, Ted’s daughter said about losing TX. She spoke right into the camera and said “it ain’t gonna happen”. If she has faith, why don’t we?
 February 28, 2016 at 8:41am
Thank you for your comment. That answers the question on Why. Why can anyone who is a Christian be for Trump? How can any sane person compare the two records of Trump and Cruz and not pull the lever for Cruz? You hit it on the head, they haven’t been watching the whole time Cruz has been fighting, they just started paying attention because of the celebrity status of Trump and got on the Trump-train. So sad, this whole thing.
February 23, 2016 at 8:41am
I also consider this a blessing in disguise because it shows the American people how he would react in various situations, and shows his decision making even when it’s tough with the spotlight on your every move. He is a true leader that you can trust to make principled and decisive decisions and stands by them. If you look at his actions objectively, and not scream how you feel slighted or whatever, his decisions have been spot on. I think he is passing the tests of a true leader.
February 23, 2016 at 8:29am
First of all I never liked the guy. Cruz=articulate Tyler=not so much. Second, these “problems” show exactly how Cruz handles internal issues. On one hand he correctly doesn’t throw someone under the bus for being aggressive and taking initiative on a legitimate news story, and on the other, he correctly cans the guy who had bad judgement. I think this shows a true leader, and that he makes right decisions. He doesn’t whine and cry and blame people, he is a true blue leader who makes impeccable decisions, someone that you can trust as a President. I call this a blessing, it is showing the American people how he would act in all kinds of situations. He passes the test imho. CRUZ 2016
I also consider this a blessing in disguise because it shows the American people how he would react in various situations, and shows his decision making even when it's tough with the spotlight on your every move. He is a true leader that you can trust to make principled and decisive decisions and stands by them. If you look at his actions objectively, and not scream how you feel slighted or whatever, his decisions have been spot on. I think he is passing the tests of a true leader.
 February 5, 2016 at 11:02pm
Wow, so much for cruz/jindal. Well, I guess it needs to be Cruz/Lee or Cruz/West. Who else? Let’s unite behind Cruz, he needs our support and prayers, especially for this next debate. He needs a knockout. After all this bad press, he needs to get some momentum going. It has to be we the people coalescing behind the best guy we have. What an honor to support the best man since Ronald Reagan.
 January 23, 2016 at 8:09pm
It’s 8 pm ET Saturday night, a Ted Cruz campaign rally in Waterloo IA is on right now on C-Span if anybody cares to watch.
I am sorry about your loss, that sucks bad. My dog was 6 when he died so I know what a killer it is to lose them so young, half of their lives gone without having a chance to be lived. It took me a long time before I could think about getting another one, I wanted my Oz back, not a different dog.
January 2, 2016 at 12:32pm
Maybe this is just me, but how bout’ this new year, let’s all try to do the right things first, instead of having to make amends for being an a-hole to begin with?! I think it’s great the guy took being confronted “so great” and did the right thing afterwards, but come on, he should have done the right thing to begin with, just saying.