My name is Michael Tanzer and I am 26 years old. I have brown hair, hazel eyes, I wear glasses like my parents and I have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I can write and understand in different languages like French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Hindi. My favourite TV show is South Park, because I find that show even funnier than Family Guy or The Simpsons. South Park was created by my favourite heroes, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. If I were a showrunner alongside them, I would give ideas to the creators and the show writers. And my favourite music genre is J-Pop, because it’s uptempo and more energetic than typical American music and my favourite artists has to be SEKAI NO OWARI, EXILE, NAOTO INTI RAYMI, KODA KUMI, MISIA, Arashi, SMAP and Utada Hikaru. Back in 2004 when I was in Grade 7, I first discovered J-Pop when I was watching an Utada Hikaru music video on my Laptop. Speaking of J-Pop, I am also an avid Anime fan when it comes to various anime series like Yo-Kai Watch, Pokemon and Fullmetal Alchemist.
I believe there are a lot of things that you should know about what having Autism Spectrum Disorder means for me. I think it’s a blessing and we are very lucky to have Autism. ASD can give a person the abilities that a person never has before. However, you cannot use this label as an excuse because it’s very rude, unfair and it’s not right for us. The point is, I am very smart when it comes to things like this, for example; Not only did I teach myself different languages, but I am also a fast typer. I also taught myself how to read. Having autism does not make you stupid, but instead it makes you special the way you are. You may not understand everything that I’m saying or writing, but for me, I call it Michaelism (“my Autistic English”). It is how I speak and understand what’s going on.
Some things are still hard for me, like money management and dealing with my anxiety. Though it might be hard, but I still want to learn how to deal with both of these issues.
Many people think that people with Autism don’t want friends, but this is NOT true. I have made many friends, some with Autism and some don’t. All of my friends share the same interests with me. It was a little bit hard to make friends, but with support from my family and my support team. I have great friends that I have known for a long time.
A lot of people with Autism don’t have jobs and I think it needs to be changed. People with Autism are able to work, if you give them a chance. And even it helps people like me to volunteer in order to gain experience and help me decide where I would like to work.
And as for me, I have some wishes for myself: One of them is to meet Trey Parker and Matt Stone to help with the upcoming seasons of South Park as both a consultant producer and showrunner. And my other wish is to meet SEKAI NO OWARI, because they make great songs and they’re well-knowned in Japan. And my third wish is to meet Justin Trudeau, who became the Prime Minister of Canada now. The message that I want to share with you all: People with autism can be very independent and have a lot of strengths in them.
When it comes to having an disability, my POV (Point-of-view) experience on having Autism not only helped me but it can help others understand to overcome this disability by growing into a better person through adulthood and able to learn that having Autism is not a problem for everyone and you should be happy with the way you are, because I know I am!
Original post: https://raisetheflagforautism.com/point-view-autism/
Michael’s journey began when he was diagnosed at the age of three. He was non-verbal and his parents were told that there was a 50 percent chance that he would be able to speak. With early intervention, he attended regular public school and graduated with excellent grades. After graduation, he involved in much volunteer works at hospital. And he took night school classes to learn Japanese and became proficient in Japanese and Japanese culture. Moreover, he is passionate in writing and has written a few articles for a magazine called “Autism Matters”. He also complete his own book called “MICHAELISM: My POV on Life with Autism”.
To learn more about how Michael broke many stereotypes about ASD, and to be encouraged by his positive attitude to life with autism. His first book, “MICHAELISM” was published and is available in Amazon now! This December, AP invited Michael to our International Virtual Conference 2020. He will share more about his latest POV as an ASD adult. And there will be panel discussion time for audience to ask him questions!
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我叫邁克爾·坦澤，今年26歲。我有棕色的頭髮，淡褐色的眼睛，像父母一樣戴眼鏡。我有自閉症譜系障礙(ASD)。我能寫及理解不同國家的語言，例如法文，日文，德文，西班牙文，韓文和印地語。我最喜歡的電視節目是《南方公園》，因為我發現這個節目甚至比《惡搞之家》和《辛普森一家》更有趣。《南方公園》是由我最喜歡的英雄特雷·帕克和馬特·斯通創作的。如果我是他們的編導，我會給創作主編和編劇一些想法。另外，我最喜歡的音樂類型是日本流行音樂，因為它比典型的美國音樂節奏快，更有活力。而我最喜歡的藝人有 SEKAI NO OWARI世界末日, 放浪兄弟, 陽光直人, 倖田來未, 米希亞, 嵐, SMAP和宇多田光（日本樂團及藝人）。2004年，當我讀七年級（初中）的時候，我透過宇多田光的音樂視頻第一次認識日本的流行音樂。說到日本流行音樂，我也是一個狂熱的動漫迷，喜歡 《妖怪手錶》，《寶可夢》和《鋼之鍊金術師》等。
說回我自己，其實我也有一些願望：其一是與特雷·帕克和馬特·斯通會面，然後以製作顧問及制片人的身份參與《南方公園》的新一季創作。我的另一個願望是與SEKAI NO OWARI見面，因為他們創作的歌很好，而且他們在日本非常有人氣。我的第三個願望是與現任加拿大總理賈斯廷·特魯多會面。我想和大家分享的信息是：自閉症患者可以非常獨立，並且有很多優點。當談到殘疾人士，我的觀點是，患有自閉症這經驗不僅對我有幫助，它亦可以幫助其他人理解通過成長成為一個更好的人來克服這種殘疾。另外，我們可以學習理解患有自閉症不是任何人的問題，但你應該樂於做自己，因為我知道我就是我！
Autism Partnership遠程國際峰會2020 – 優質干預改變人生
2020年12月5 – 6日