Fortunately they rather enjoyed itSeptember 7, 2020 Tim WorstallHealth Care10 CommentsAutistic people left completely stranded during pandemic Being left alone and all that….. previousWonder what the insurance company thinks?nextTo start a conspiracy theory 10 thoughts on “Fortunately they rather enjoyed it” Tractor Gent September 7, 2020 at 8:11 am Not in the best of taste, Tim. Their carers would disagree. What mental problems are OK to joke about? Narcissists definitely. OCD? Addolff September 7, 2020 at 8:19 am Pendants? The Queen September 7, 2020 at 8:34 am Too much Tim. Up until that point I was considering appointing you as ambassador to the EU. Mr Ecks September 7, 2020 at 8:42 am All conditions TG. ALL. Andrew M September 7, 2020 at 8:50 am Either all groups are fair game, or none are. Dongguan John September 7, 2020 at 9:16 am It’s been pretty bad for my 4 year old daughter who is autistic. She’s currently in the Philippines and prior to the lockdown she was visiting a therapist 4 times a week whom she really loved. She hasn’t been able to go for 6 months or more now and keeps picking up her bag asking to go but she doesn’t understand why she can’t. She was really improving verbally when she was going there too and her improvement has slowed right down since the lockdown. This sort of thing is just another, albeit small, “cost” that wasn’t considered when governments the world over kneejerk shut their countries down without any cost/benefit analysis what-so-ever. dearieme September 7, 2020 at 12:09 pm Sorry to hear that, DJ. If a government is such a bunch of bloody fools as to listen only to virus experts, they’ll get no advice on other aspects of the policies these experts recommend. Blindly “following the science” is a mug’s game. Jussi September 7, 2020 at 8:40 pm I remember when it was still acceptable to imitate cerebral palsy sufferers by making the mongoloid voice. BlokeInBrum September 7, 2020 at 8:47 pm I believe the proper term for them now, at least in the UK, is ‘scoper’. Simon September 8, 2020 at 12:03 pm Sorry Tim, but you are incorrectly somewhat wild of the mark with your comment. I post this not as a complaint, but as education. I’ll side with the “what’s fair game for one group is fair game for others” and not say it’s in bad taste, but you are factually incorrect. Autism is a wide spectrum, and while some might fit your description, the majority won’t. It’s a myth that us autistics (yes, I’m one – at the Aspergers end of the spectrum) don’t like social interaction – it’s just that mostly we don’t like social interaction in the same way as most neurotypical people do. Luckily I’ve been able to carry on working from home in a secure job, and I’ve been able to keep up some regular contact with colleagues. But I am really missing the craic that comes from being in an office, and I’m really missing the socialisation with other groups that have shut down for the duration. You see, it’s not that we don’t like meeting other people, it’s that we find change “challenging”. Throw me into a new social situation with lots of people around and you might well come to the conclusion that I “don’t like being with people”. But you’d be wrong. It’s the change, the meeting lots of new people all at once, that I struggle with. Observe me in an established social situation (e.g. a small group of friends that I already know, in a location I’m familiar with) and you might be hard pressed to know I’m autistic. That’s what it’s like for me – change is challenging, rapid/large scale change can be terrifying. It’s different for everyone – as I said, it’s a very wide spectrum – but that’s how it is for me. I have friends, I do socialise, I’ve really missed the socialisation over the last few months – but it takes me some time to get comfortable with any changes. For some, although they won’t appear (to an outsider) to socialise much – the effects of the lockdown will have been really difficult to cope with. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.