What a novelty to again have a baby who can talk. Little Kit only started speaking properly last year, and I'd forgotten how magical it is to hear tiny babies finding their voices. Current favourite phrases from this smallie are, "what's that?" (in a broad west of Ireland accent for some reason) and, "where's that smell coming from?". Where IS that smell coming from? #worldsbestbaby#moleman#bnwmagic
“Many if not most adults with autism have spent much of their lives with the wrong or an inaccurate diagnosis.”
Mole Man is a full-length feature film directed by Guy Fiorita in collaboration with Tongal, the world’s largest independent creative network. Guy Fiorita dedicated years into making Mole Man, which premiered at the prestigious DOC NYC film festival.
Mole Man follows Ron Heist, a 66-year-old man on the autism spectrum, who was never given a diagnosis. Ron is a textbook example of the “lost generation” of older adults who were never officially diagnosed with autism. Ron Heist has spent the last fifty years of his life building a 50-room structure in his parents' backyard in Western Pennsylvania. Ron does not use nails or mortar, but instead creates perfect structures from materials scavenged in the woods outside his home. ⬇️
“Autism” just wasn’t something spoken about when individuals like Ron, who make up the were children. For decades, many of these individuals have struggled to find their place in the world. This phenomenon is known as Autism’s “lost generation”. The lost generation is quite evident in many facets, but one of the most striking revelations is that the word “autism” wasn’t included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the main reference book for psychiatry in the U.S., until 1980.
The prevalence of autism has risen from 4 in 10,000 children in 1966 to 110 in 10,000 in 2011. This evidence suggests a reflection of the fact that in the 1950s and 1960s, thousands of children who had autism were either completely missed or were saddled with the wrong label.