This is such a fantastic post that it’s not even funny. (Except that it’s so much even-cooler than, that I’m grinning again.) 😉
I agree with every. Single. Word.
I, too, would like to see autism be stricken from the DSM, as autism is not in itself a mental disorder. As the lovely Aspie Under Your Radar says, it’s not likely to happen anytime soon, although “homosexuality” was indeed stricken, after it, too, was recognized not to be a mental illness. (Thank god(dess)!)
Anyway, I love how this post advocates the reframing of pathological language into proactive positives and down-to-earth matter-of-factness. The whole post is awesome, and if you’re not following this blog already, I definitely recommend doing so! Lots of good information on here, regular posts, all well-written! 🙂
I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about how we define autism and whether that is even accurate. I’ve talked before about how mainstream society seems to think that the symptoms of our autistic distress actually constitute autism. That’s just plain wrong, as far as I’m concerned.
I consider autism itself to be a distinct neurotype, which has been very well-concealed over the aeons, because societies in the past provided ways for all members of a community to contribute according to pre-set guidelines. As we have seen those “exoskeletons” of social conventions dissolve, our “endoskeletons” of individual identity – our strengths and weaknesses, our diagnosed conditions and disorders – have become increasingly pronounced, to replace the social exoskeletons of customs and conventions which used to define where our relative strengths and weaknesses lay.
Of course, within the context of considering autism a distinct and commonly occurring neurotype (rather than anomalous disorder)…
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