New Friends in Colombia, South America

New Friends in Colombia, South America

Many thanks to my friend, Andres Mejia and his Funcacion Integrar for convincing me that Medellin, Colombia was a place I must visit!  Andres invited me to be a presenter at a conference in Medellin, Colombia for individuals with all forms of disabilities.  Presenters attended from Canada, Spain, Peru, the United States (me) and Colombia.  I learned many new ideas and perspectives.  It is an exciting time to be involved with disabilities in Colombia, as the government there is finally beginning an earnest diaglogue about partnering with consumers to make cities handicapped accessible and to help in providing inclusive education. 
I met many wonderful people who are parents, consumers and professionals who are working toward better, inclusive services for all who have challenges.  I saw performances by exceptional learners in a wonderful play about being who you are and a wonderful choral performance. 
I was in awe at the beauty of Colombia and the warm and caring people I met. 
Fundacion Integrar will be translating my book, "More Advanced Individuals with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and PDD/NOS" (the 2001 version) into Spanish.  When the book is ready, we will notify our OASIS @ MAAP community.
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Susan Moreno
It is hard to analyze a relationship from afar. How long were you friends? If the friendship somehow continues, I’d suggest that he read, "Asperger Syndrome From the Inside Out" by Michael John Carley. You can order it from our bookstore. If he isn’t having contact with you, try mailing him the book with a note saying that you are not trying to criticize him, but you are trying to understand him better and help him understand his own, wonderful unique ways.
There is no way to "make" him seek a diagnosis. Hopefully, you can help him to understand more about what makes him unique.
8/7/2010 7:46:57 AM
Susan Moreno
It sounds as if he certainly at least has strong traits of Asperger’s. Do you know how to contact his family? Maybe you should express your concerns to them. I stronly suggest two books: "Asperger Syndrome From the Inside Out" by Michael John Carley and "The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome" by Tony Attwood. Perhaps one of his siblings or one of his parents would read one of these and see him in it.
What did you want to accomplish with him?… Did you think he might seek help, diagnosis, counseling? I know that the women I keep in touch with who date or are married to someone with autism or Aspergers say that once their partner recognizes his differences, things often get better. However, if he is in denial and you push the point, he can be very angry with you. This may go away or last for a long, long time.
If I were you, I’d wait a week or two and then send him a text, or an email or a note and say that you miss him. See if he responds.
I wish you good luck. I still think you should post this situation on our forums.
8/30/2010 11:57:21 AM
Susan Moreno
It may not be that his parents are trying to hide something. They truly may not believe that he has any form of challenge. The more "able" or "advanced" a person with autism is, the more people can overlook their challenges as being shy, immature or eccentric. If you approach him or his parents again (I’d give it a rest for a few weeks), I would emphasize that you want to UNDERSTAND him and for him and his family to also understand him better. This is for support, not your own agenda. Perhaps that will help. If not, this may be a "walk away" issue. I sure hope not. The old saying comes into play, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink."
I wish you every success.
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