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  •  Different objectives (0+ / 0-)

    There are clearly competing objectives.  It is interesting that some autistics have usefully augmented traits but for the most part, autism is about deficits.  I'm happy my autistic son is academically gifted, and so is he;  but both of us would rather he had more normal social relationships.  And, it is not at all clear that his autism is related to his gifts, as his non-autistic siblings are just as academically gifted, and it is clear that his autistic traits hold him back even in the areas in which he excels.

    On the other hand, it really sucks to be told that your condition is a disability that must to be cured, but who says that "cured" autistics won't lead richer lives?  Quite frankly, I think its ridiculous to assume that head-banging, perseverant twirling, and hand flapping somehow contribute to quality of life.

    "This machine kills fascists"--words on Woody Guthrie's guitar

    by Old Left Good Left on Sat May 19, 2007 at 09:20:20 PM PDT

    •  Cure society now (2+ / 0-)
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      Oh, they may not necessarily contribute to the quality of life-- but is there necessarily anything wrong with perseverant twirling and hand-flapping, other than the fact that mere socially inappropriateness?  I can understand wanting to limit head-banging because it's self-injurious, but why can't everyone, autistic and non-autistic, feel free to flap their hands, rock back and forth, and anything else that's not physically harmful or destructive to the environment?

      A little acceptance of quirks can go a long way.

      •  no, really, I can actually proofread... (1+ / 0-)
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        In the above comment, in place of "other than the fact that mere socially inappropriateness," read "other than mere social inappropriateness."  I have no idea how I managed to mangle that part of the sentence so badly!

      •  Its more than a quirk (0+ / 0-)

        Perseverant behaviour means something else, perhaps more meaningful, is not being done or thought about.

        "This machine kills fascists"--words on Woody Guthrie's guitar

        by Old Left Good Left on Sat May 19, 2007 at 10:26:23 PM PDT

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