You know what a lot of autistic people want you to know? That we don’t support Autism $peaks. In fact, many of us despise this deplorable organization that advocates abusive ‘therapies’ and eugenics.
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Many don’t want to be referred to as “having autism.” They call themselves “autistic. ” Autism is not a disease that one “has.” I find it really odd that Autism Speaks doesn’t reflect this preference in its literature. I see autism as a medical model and some therapies would help the person with autism to function properly, there are some therapies and medications that do alleviate certain problems and co-morbid conditions, but some of the ‘therapies’ Autism $peaks promotes are harmful, and can cause PTSD in those subjected to them.
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Autism in a world where you can be anything be kind. I actually believe that “with autism” makes it sound as if the person has a disease. I choose to honor the preference of my autistic friends who very adamantly declare that they don’t “have autism,” they are autistic, when you use “with Autism” that makes an Autistic person seem diseased, for example,you don’t use they have gayness” if someone is homosexual, it’s a part of their identity, very much like an Autistic person such as myself sees their Autism as a part of who they are. I won’t make assumptions about whether or not you are on the spectrum, Dang Pal, but I will say this: If you are on the spectrum and prefer ‘with autism’, then fair enough, I accept that but know that the majority of our community prefer ‘autistic’ and be mindful of that when addressing the issue. If you are not on the spectrum, then you really have no right to say which is more preferable. Once again a post on and for high functioning autism. A voice for those with severe autism would be helpful. Hence why autism speaks does not represent or advocate for those affected by autism, only those that are high functioning.