Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Conflict: Why Can't We All Get Along?

I think John Elder Robison knocked this one out of the park. His post on Psychology Today addresses one of the most frustrating things I confront in the autism community - the infighting. From John:

Why can't we all get along? The many faces of autism. Why do we fight?

Just this morning I was reading a post on Autism's Gadfly, and it made me think about the tremendously different wants and needs of people at various points on the autism spectrum.

His motto is, We don't want no stinkin neurodiversity! We need a cure.

In my writing, I have said, I don't need a cure; I just want compassion and understanding.

Those statements seem pretty opposite to me. Yet we are both adults with autism. How can our views be so different? That is the essence of the problem. We have the same diagnosis, but we are impacted very differently. (Click here to read the rest).

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