Posted: March 31st, 2009 under communication, life on the spectrum, sensory processing, the book, the writing life.
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Today I gave a presentation on The Speed of Dark over the internet to a group at Howard Community College in Maryland–while sitting on a comfortable couch in Texas.  Technology has advanced to this point, and I wanted to try it–besides, I knew I would not be able to travel to Maryland in person in the time-frame they wanted.

What fascinated me, besides playing with technology I didn’t know, was the degree to which this particular setup messes with sensory input.   I had a light-bulb moment when I realized that the audio breakup (just enough of one) and the blurriness of the faces looking back at me–blurry enough that I could not see any of the usual cues of facial movement–and the delay between when I said something and when they saw/heard me say it–all made my experience more autistic than I’d expected.   I was having to put way more energy and concentration into figuring out their reactions, and what they were saying than usual.

The organizer sent email telling me that discussion went on in the hall after I “left”, which is a good sign.   I hope it was as valuable for them as it was for me.


  • Comment by june — April 2, 2009 @ 9:48 pm


    I hope you can do more of these. Might even try for the local PBS channel and see if you can get on all PBS channels. They are always looking for good shows to air. I know I would like to set in on one of your talks and not much way to do that now. Good luck on your broading your web interaction, and maybe the TV line as well. A star is born.

  • Comment by Elizabeth — April 3, 2009 @ 6:52 am


    I think I’m better at writing than anything else, but it is fun.

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