Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Standard Autistic Blogging

Most autistic bloggers may need to identify their independence in a disclaimer to prevent the significant or (as I've heard them called recently, the "influential") advocates from needing to remind readers, in case they're too familiar and inconvenient to ignore. This restriction prohibits diversity by assigning shame to the individual and prevents comprehensive understanding of anything but what ...a few more aggressive/ might-is-right-er /professionals believe and declare factual. Of course, attacking those who question policy is easier than reviewing it.

It's unfortunate these restrictions are enforced. Of course, each individual (more commonly referred to as an individualist) will be personally blamed by behaviorists/ advocates for having a poor attitude along with other character flaws and be punished accordingly. The intimidation is quite effective and unfortunately this is what the politicians attempt to justify as pragmatism. It's practical for them that everyone be viewed as wanting the same thing so each can be compared and ranked. They will always describe the system as fair since to them the requirements were convenient. Maybe someday Autism Speaks will be replaced by another group, which is equally harmful.

As Noam Chomsky said. “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”

Monday, November 18, 2013

This is Autism

This is to be included in a Flashblog effort to challenge the most-recent Autism Speaks Campaign.

Autism Speaks insists on continuing to supplement the diagnosis of autism with their description, which influences public opinion in a harmful way. This helps raise money but even if that money were improving the lives of those with the diagnosis (which I don't believe it is); this doesn't justify the negative effect it has on cultural perceptions.

A charitable effort, in order to support the intended, would need to make choices that challenge tradition. When people must first degrade someone's contribution and predictions for their future in order to experience the emotions which prompt support, what they provide isn't supportive at all. Traditional psychology has encouraged an emergency-room-mentality to providing support. This suggests the utilitarian view that humans are nothing more than raw materials, and those with significant impairments are disposable.

People who have been unfairly judged shouldn't accept the responsibility of proving themselves worthy of a higher rank. Instead, we all need to challenge the ranking system. The Autism Speaks campaigns aren't raising awareness at all. They are doing nothing more than encouraging the traditions which provide people a convenient way of treating inconvenient people rather than attempting to understand them. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Welcome to The Standard Review

Welcome to The Standard Review.

The standard response to autism is a demand for compliance. There are many traditional ways that punishment for that which is ranked as less valuable than neurotypical behavior is considered justified. The common perceptions, the treatment from professionals, and the cultural expectations need to be reviewed and challenged.

The charitable organizations have encouraged the worst approach to a growing number of diagnosis. A few people have provided political opposition, including what passes for community.
I believe a community is functioning optimally when it encourages the most people to participate. The political arena will never encourage this. Therefore, the convenient presumptions of who autistics are and what they want and need is completely inaccurate.

There is much written about how individuals can and should overcome the way they are substandard and achieve that which is considered valid and worthy of praise. It's very convenient to blame those whose experience is not recognized as valuable. What would best serve that which passes for a community is a common acceptance that real diversity would include understanding people will participate in many different ways rather than on many different levels. This is what I want to promote.