Okay, so if you read my last post, I touched on specialized interests quite briefly. In passing, I mentioned it and added an asterisk, meaning that later I would discuss it on a more thorough basis.
Specialized Interests are the thing people on the Autism Spectrum are sometimes the most passionate and intrigued about. They are fixations per-say.
What Are Mine???
Over the years, I have had multiple fixations ranging from dinosaurs (circa 2003), sexual well-being (circa 2006) and now Deaf culture and American Sign Language and ableism (circa 2017). Although my intense love for these topics has much subsided, I still have ruminates from when I was into such things, such as books, toys, artifacts, etc..
Let’s Talk About Currently:
For over 3 years have I been learning American Sign Language (aka ASL). It started as a project to enhance myself and turned into a means of connecting with more people and breaking stigma against people who use ASL as an aid. Now, I want to become an ASL Interpreter (aka terp) and sign everyday, any day. My personal favorite is to sign songs with lyrics and interpret the lyrics into *ASL-PSE.
Currently, to fight ableism, I am writing this blog, talking about it and attempting to better educate my peers by simply discussing it on a one-on-one basis, using my own personal experiences to better explain, and I am also in Equity & Social Justice class. If my terp dream doesn’t turn out as planned, I know I can always become an activist for other people like me!
More Common (some stereotypical) Specialized Interests:
- Trains // Aircraft
- Animals and Pets
- Sports Facts
- Really **weird things such as mushrooms, etc.
- **being weird is something to be celebrated, not to be ashamed // afraid of. Normal is something to be afraid of. Always be afraid of being normal; it’s overrated. The more weird, the better.
*Will explain this at a later date