I think the most unsettling thing to me is the divide between ASD activists who are aspie & ASD activists who are NT relatives or caretakers of someone on the spectrum. My parents are pretty awesome, & though they reacted badly to things like meltdowns, I'm pretty sure it never occurred to them to class my peculiarities as illness or something to be corrected. On the contrary, they saw my imagination & off-kilter perspective as positives & made sure I knew it. I haven't "come out" to them yet, but I doubt they'll have any worse reaction than incredulity when I do.
So when I hear stuff like that Autism Speaks person's UN speech where she talks about her child & others as if lack of communication means lack of thought & basically says aspies can only repay their caretakers with smiles for being such a burden, or read about NT parents accusing adult aspies who speak out about their own experiences of misrepresenting their child's experience, who assume that managing to communicate more means struggling less... I just really don't get it. It's bad enough that people can see others they don't know as subhuman; how do parents see their children that way?
Not that I expect anyone to be able to answer that. Just reacting to the incomprehensible, as usual, with talk & perspective-seeking.
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