We’re enduring the worst Autism Acceptance Month ever as society rallies around the common cause of our abuse, control, and extinction, complete with celebrity extravaganzas. We can’t be online at all and not be faced with eugenics and behaviorism. It’s traumatizing.
My acceptance month blogging:
- Interrogating Normal: Autism Social Skills Training at the Margins of a Social Fiction
- Lost In Translation: Ways in Which Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Social Languages Differ
- The Meaninglessness of “Evidence-based”
- Behaviorism: Measuring the Surface, Badly
- “Autistic people have significant barriers to accessing safety.”
- Cradle-to-Grave Eugenics: Selective Abortion, Assisted Suicide, and Structural Ableism
- Google, Autism Speaks, and NAUWU
- Autigender and Neuroqueer: Two Words on the Relationship Between Autism and Gender That Fit Me
- Accommodations: Individualized Responses to Structural Design Problems
- A Credo for Support: Respecting Autonomy in a Society of Interdependence and Care
- “Care is an organizational structure needed to keep our nation running.” “Care work makes all other work possible.”
- The Self-injurious Stims that I Love
A passage to ponder:
We are marginalized canaries in a social coalmine and Rawlsian barometers of society’s morality. It is deeply subversive to live proudly despite being living embodiments of our culture’s long standing ethical failings.
Our non-compliance is not intended to be rebellious. We simply do not comply with things that harm us. But since a great number of things that harm us are not harmful to most neurotypicals, we are viewed as untamed and in need of straightening up.
If we were not threatening to the social order in some way, there would not be therapies designed to control how we move our bodies and communicate.
One of the best things that could come out of this is a wake-up call, because concepts like eugenics reassert themselves in every historical era-whether it’s Nazis talking about “life unworthy of life,” geneticists in Iceland talking about “eradicating” Down syndrome through selective abortion, a presidential candidate mocking a disabled reporter from the podium while bragging about his “good genes,” or autism charities framing autism as an economic burden on society. Resisting institutionalized violence requires perpetual vigilance.
And community tweets to explore: