Depathologizing Asperger’s / autism ~ Out-voicing the autism ‘experts’

the silent wave

Ever since the advent of the internet and the proliferation of websites of information on just about any topic imaginable, it seems as though Everyone’s An Expert.

This seems to apply especially to the Asperger’s/autism spectrum.

These self-proclaimed “experts” generally fall into one (or more) of four camps:

  • The majority of (hint: not all) scientific researchers and medical/mental health professionals who study or work with people on the autism spectrum, and/or
  • The subset of (hint: not all) parents, caregivers, and educators of autistic people (the specific warrior/martyr-like subset being referred to from here on as the Autism Moms/Dads/Parents(TM) as described here (link to “The ‘BS’ Fairy’ blog; Rated R for language)
  • The subset of (hint: not all) advocacy organizations whose “advocacy” is mostly unproductive and undesired by Asperger’s/autistic people ourselves
  • The media outlets (be they internet portals of “inspiration p*rn”, Hollywood movies, headline news, etc) reporting on stories involving Asperger’s/autistic…

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Del's Shej

Autistic. Advocate. LGBT. INFJ. Xian. LOVE art, coffee, intelligent conversation, music, singing

3 thoughts on “Depathologizing Asperger’s / autism ~ Out-voicing the autism ‘experts’”

  1. A good start would be for non-autistic researchers and ” treating professionals” to attend presentations made from lived experience by actual autistics at conferences on Autism.

    Our voices seem irrelevant as few, if any, researchers, professionals etc seem interested in attending and listening.. I find this to be dismissive and being “allowed” to speak a tokenistic gesture of ” inclusion”.

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