Every day in April, a new post will be published which addresses a theme related to the neurodiversity movement and/or paradigm. All posts will be written by neurodivergent people who are Autistic, so while neurodiversity means recognising the value of the diversity offered by all neurotypes, this series will offer a distinctly Autistic perspective.
I’m hesitant to write this post because I grew up on the privileged side of apartheid. As an English speaking white South African child, my white skin gave me a huge advantage in a society where segregation of racial groups was enforced through legislation.
I have seen memes and posts that equate the way that disabled people are treated with apartheid.
Way too often, I see the following statement made by either parents of autistic children or by autistic people themselves:
“Autism is not a mental illness.”
So, you don’t want autistic people and/or their families to experience the stigma that people with mental illnesses face, right? Autism is ok because it’s not like those other forms of neurodivergence, right?
It seems that every time that an Autistic person says “I don’t want your awareness”, someone else comes along and says that without awareness, we’ll never gain acceptance.
That is such a ridiculous argument.
It wouldn’t be ridiculous if autism awareness campaigns focused on making society aware of what can be done to accommodate us.
[CN: Early detection; early intervention]
I read this last night. Australia’s first autism biobank officially opens tomorrow. If I wasn’t so overwhelmingly sad, this would make me angry, but it just makes me sad.
From the article:
“Nearly 5,000 samples of blood, hair and urine, taken from autistic children, their parents and a control group,…
I generally try and refrain from cursing in my blog posts. But, for Grammar Police, I have two words: F*ck Off!
If you’re a teacher or an academic, who is responsible for correcting your students’ grammar and spelling, by all means, go right ahead and do that.