OUTSIDE READING: I’m Sorry… My Eyes Are WHAT?

I don’t like linking to pages which include “Aspie” in the title because y’all know how I feel about that word, but this is a good takedown of an article recently published in the New Yorker which has the following within it:
 
“For parents of autistic kids, awareness is desperately important. It’s a searing experience to have a child who doesn’t talk, who doesn’t want to be touched, who self-harms, who demands a regularity and an order that parents can’t supply, whose eyes are not windows to their souls but black mirrors. Public recognition is vital, both for its own sake and as a means to mobilize resources for care, support, and a possible cure. ”
What is Autism? (The New Yorker)
 
I’m sorry, but what the actual hell is that about? My eyes are black mirrors? I need to be “cured” because I don’t always have the ability to be verbal, don’t necessarily want to be touched, and thrive better under a routine than not? Oh. Okay. So because parents can’t (read: won’t) provide a routine for their kids, want to force physical touch upon children for whom it can be painful, and refuse to honor their children’s different style of communication… we’re the soulless ones?
 
Neat.

 

 

“I am NOT against every form of treatment. There are some very sucky comorbid conditions that come with being on the autism spectrum, but these can be mitigated. For example, I wear tinted glasses to cut down on my visual hypersensitivities. These also help with my sensitivity to fluorescent lights and CFL bulbs. I’d like to talk about my treatments some more, but I feel that I don’t have enough information at the moment.

No, Dr. Shapin, you have it wrong when you say that we’re against all forms of treatment. We are against treatments that seek to extinguish and/or modify our behaviors.”

– I’m Sorry… My Eyes Are WHAT? (Ad Astra Aspie)