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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

For many years, I was a major neurodiversity advocate. I believed the old myths that Albert Einstein and Bill Gates were on the Autistic spectrum, and that I would become one of them in the future. This was because I never got along well with people and wanted badly to make up for my social deficiencies.  I believed this with no scientific evidence.

However, as my life changed, it seemed that I was actually lacking many characteristics that they had.  In this documentary, I will try to define whether autism is a benefit or a disability and try to determine what characteristics they had.  Contrary to the popular belief that they failed school, they actually did very well in school, but took alternative routes of their own willingness. Additionally, Einstein had a strong work ethic and attention span up to his death, once saying, “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” Bill Gates was very excellent in marketing Microsoft to the masses. Eventually, my own life fell downwards to the point where I decided to search for treatment.

WrongPlanet and Autism Speaks are the two biggest sites for people and their loved ones on the Autism spectrum.  WrongPlanet has traditionally supported neurodiversity, yet many members have become discontent with only a small elite repeatedly featured on the front page, so site traffic is rapidly dropping.  I will discuss about how it doesn't provide adequate support or solutions.  Autism Speaks, on the other hand, may have some problems with portrayal of autistics, but many families that donate to them have profoundly impaired children that cannot take care of themselves.  Their traffic shows no decline.

Some autistic people who will be discussed in this documentary are Pro-Neurodiversity advocates Alex Plank, John Robison, and Temple Grandin, and Anti-Neurodiversity advocates Jonathan Mitchell and Manuel Casanova.  Much of the content will be taken from Mitchell's blog, Autism's Gadfly.  Their varied life experiences will be compared and contrasted.

Funding for this project is not a requirement, as I already have all the tools; the money will go to various special effects.

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One challenge I consequently face is that many members of the neurodiversity community will be militantly opposed to my book. Usually, they happen to be on the milder end of the spectrum and can function reasonably well. Of course, there are autistics that do great things, but it seems that a lot of them have begun to look for treatment too.

The only other challenge at this time is to make sure that all materials I use are legal.

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