Thursday, August 9, 2007
Ontario Court Mental Health Style
Why should we defend ourselves when we are misunderstood and misjudged? Let us leave that aside. Let us not say anything. It is so sweet to let others judge us in any way they like. O blessed silence, which gives so much peace to the soul!"
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Wow...what a day. My brother has Aspergers Syndrome which is high functioning Autism and he's recently had some issues with the law, partly through his own fault and partly not. So today was the interesting day where we go to court and ask for a hearing. It went well, and with a Mental Health advocate we were able to get a hearing. It amazes me how far we've come in the area of Mental Health but also shows how far we have to go. There are some wonderful people in the world who truly care about the hardest people to look after. Some of these patients look, speak and almost pull off acting what most of society would call normal. But just below the surface lies all kinds of things that make it so hard to live in the world society has created. Aspergers folks are forced to live in our world but participate on their terms. It would be interesting for us to try to walk a day in their shoes. I bet most of us (including myself) would quit as soon as someone looked at us sideways. Our desire to fit in and blend away into the fabric of 'normal' limits us in seeing the shining examples that Aspergers folks really are. My brother judges know one. He accepts people just as they are. What a gift. If we could only accept ourselves as we are, maybe it would be easier to accept everyone else as they are.