Autistic / Asperger’s Cartoon: Irony

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Cartoon of myself (a middle-aged white woman with short hair and glasses) inside a room.  I’m looking upwards with a raised eyebrow and puzzled expression.  The word IRONY has a pair of wings and swooshing lines where it flies over my head towards the ceiling fan.  The tops of the fan blades bear pile-ups of repeated, mixed words: IRONY, JOKE, and SATIRE.       My thought ballon reads, “Being autistic, sometimes irony goes right over over my head. I think it’s time to clean off the ceiling fan again.”

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Faceblind Cartoon: Group Photographs

Prosopagnosia (faceblindness) is the inability to recognise people by their faces. That includes one’s own face. I can only identify myself in photos if the clothes are familiar and I remember the event. School photos, team photos, tour photos, departmental photos, all are landmines. I’m puzzling myself out, don’t ask me to identify the other people!

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Black and white line drawing of a hand holding an old B&W school class photo. The caption written on the cartoon says:  Read one of those “How to Find Yourself” articles. Disappointed. I’d hoped it would tell me how to identify myself in large group photos.

Faceblind cartoon: In the Cafeteria

Prosopagnosia (faceblindness) is the inability to recognise people by their faces. You never know when you’ve blithely walked right past a neighbour or classmate.

Even those people more familiar to you who you might be able to identify – slowly, consciously, by their hair, voice, or gait – are easily missed when they’re out of the places you associate them with, i.e. your doctor at the grocery.

It’s hard to make friends when you can’t recognise people. Worse, others make so many misassumptions about you.

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Cartoon of myself at a cafeteria table, thinking, “I wonder if I know anybody here?”  At a table behind me, one woman is telling another, “… she just walked right past me, no Hello, nothing. She didn’t acknowledge she knows me! Just so rude.”