Oppose the use of alarmist rhetoric about autism

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K H
12 years ago
I have no connection to anyone with autism, but I appreciate the power of semantics and am now more informed and aware of autism and the struggle for stigma-subtraction.

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Alyson Bradley
12 years ago
 "epidemic" the first and hopefully the last time I here it use in regards to Autism, but their is an epidemic of igorance among many! Aspergers Parallel Planet

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Laurentius Rex
12 years ago
I would not say strictly that the proposition 'autism' is a disability so much that the social conditions arising from the construction of autism are disabling. 'autism' may or may not be an impairment depending on how you look at it and nuance the distinctions, but disability is a situation in itself not any proper organic or psychic entity.

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Jocelyn Koopmann
12 years ago
Autism, with love and understanding works. I have seen it. No need for 'alarmists' They just don't understand or want to even try.

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Teresa G
12 years ago
I'm tired of the alarmists and sensationalists trying to instill fear into the hearts and minds of people regarding autism.  It's not an epidemic and it's not to be feared.

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Joyce Paige
12 years ago
My grandson was diagnosed as being autistic - he was only three at the time.  I wonder what affect this would have had on him if everyone used that rhetoric then.  He is now only four - not much older but he has shown great strides due to early intervention.  Would he have received that help if people were afraid to work with him?

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T D
12 years ago
I don't.

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Matthew Moore
12 years ago
A powerful statment about autism and personhood.

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S H
12 years ago
Autism is a part of being human.  Anyone who makes it into a false threat and public health risk puts me and other autistics in danger.  I also oppose the forced standardization of human behavior.

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Diana Lombardi
12 years ago
It doesn't matter HOW or WHY someone GETS autism... there is no reason why a society or social structure cannot learn to live WITH people with autism. Every member of society gains from learning from one another. This takes time, effort, open-mindedness, etc.- but it's oh, so worth it. Lovely text. Thank you.