The following blog is written by Yuval Levental, a reader and contributor to our blog site. At present Yuval, who is on the autism spectrum, completed a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is interested in doing research on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). He started a job in Information Technology where he answers questions and repairs computer hardware and software. Yuval has previously written an essay at corticalchauvinism.com where he discussed his life, views on neurodiversity, and a couple of autism symptoms (https://corticalchauvinism.com/2015/01/14/visualizing-neurodiversity-breathing-for-treatment/). This blog on David Miedzianik was originally written by Yuval as an entry for Wikipedia.
David Miedzianik is an English autistic poet and writer. He has been compared to the autistic author Jonathan Mitchell in respect that his writings and poetry portray the difficulties of autism from a realistic perspective (https://books.google.com/books?id=5bPdBgAAQBAJ). He is unemployed, but specifically writes about how he wants to have a job, find romantic love, and about his social difficulties. Miedzianik writes about specific examples pertaining to those desires.
Miedzianik has written an autobiography titled My Autobiography. His writing content has been described as roaming from subject to subject, but usually also provides material to the reader with a proper explanation. Other topics he writes about besides his loneliness and datelessness are his unusual behaviors. Francesca Happé, a professor of cognitive neuroscience, has described Miedzanik’s writing as the «least autistic» compared to other autistic authors including Temple Grandin. This is because he demonstrated the greatest awareness of his social limitations and how others perceived him
(https://books.google.com/books?id=HoRX8s8V8WYC). Additionally, Peter Hobson, a professor of developmental psychopathology, has described him as one of the most thoughtful and linguistically gifted autistic writers. Hobson has also described Miedzianik’s writings about his solitude as repetitive and disjointed, in addition to demonstrating self-awareness of his solitude (https://books.google.com/books?id=IHcfArqI1twC).
The British songwriter Ray Hearne once wrote a song about Miedzianik’s life in 1989, titled Song for David (https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-227796880.html). Additionally, the British metal band Solitary wrote a song named Twisted in 1998, which was dedicated to Miedzianik. The band stated «Twisted was written for and inspired by David Miedzianik by his and others continued fight against autism.» (https://www.discogs.com/Solitary-Nothing-Changes/release/5179796)
Yuval, congratulations on the electrical engineering degree. You will likely find its optimum for neuro research as aerospace engineering has been for me and others.
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