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Thoughts on autism research

[CN: cures, research, functioning labels]
Yesterday, I shared a link on my personal Facebook page, and expressed my strong disapproval of it. This led to a discussion with someone who is currently studying psychology, and that’s really awesome because if he can hear a different perspective now then that means in future he may become a better psychologist

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How to plan an “awareness!!!” campaign

If I have learned anything over the weekend, it is that “awareness!!!” campaigns are really, really important to some people. I’m not entirely sure why because, for the most part, awareness campaigns are just icky.
There are a lot of problems with the way awareness is raised. Most often, they focus on the pathology paradigm.

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“Awareness!!” (again)

I’ve written about misguided awareness campaigns before, but I think this one might actually top them all.
Today, I was invited to a Facebook event that encourages people to “post a picture of there hand covering there mouth with the hashtags silentselfie and letsilentwordsbeheard” in order to “show solidarity in the autism community”