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Face Blindness: I’m Prepared This Time

Eriq LaSalle   Do you recognize this guy?  I wouldn’t have!

I was reviewing my emails, and event schedule from Reader’s Favorites this morning. The email listed the names and titles of some of the people who will be guest speakers at the awards ceremony this weekend.

It says,

“Our guest speakers will be Leigh Cunningham – Executive Director of the AIA (Association of Independent Authors), Mark Wayne Adams – Award-Winning Illustrator and former Disney Artist, Dete Meserve – President of Wind Dancer films (TV shows like Home Improvement and movies like What Women Want with Mel Gibson), and renowned TV and film actor, director and producer, Eriq LaSalle – best known for his portrayal of Dr. Peter Benton on the TV show E.R..”

Pretty cool, I thought—until the panic set in. I looked it over realized that I would not be expected to recognize anyone (by face) on this list—except for one—actor, Eriq LaSalle.

Not wanting to be the only one in the room who could not recognize the actor, I decided to googled him because as you can probably guess, I had no idea who they were talking about.

When I saw his picture, I did feel some hint of recognition—it seemed I’d seen him somewhere before.  After reading his “credits,” I realized that was because I have seen him time and time again. I’ve watched the movies, seen the TV shows, and still I am convinced I would never have recognized his face in person. In fact, I KNOW I would not have.

So to combat my face-blindness, I am writing this blog post. Now—I can pull up my blog, look at his picture and try to match it to the faces in the room.  My husband laughs at me, but this is life inside my autism bubble!


Want to read more about Face-blindness and Autism? READ:

I Wouldn’t Recognize You if You Stood on Your Head

Autism and Face-Blindness: Facial Recognition Difficulties in Autism

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Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.