An important read – this quote (among others) resonated with me: “Blind people, Deaf people, and many other disabled people get the services and accommodations they need without being labeled as having mental disorders. We don’t have to call autism a disorder or a disease to acknowledge that Autistic people are disabled and can require accommodations.”
In yesterday’s blog post I asked for thoughts regarding the pathologizing language that dominates most conversations about autism and those who are Autistic. I received some terrific responses both here, through email and on Emma’s Hope Book Facebook page. I also asked Emma for her thoughts, which she very patiently gave me and generously said I could post here.
Emma wrote, “Deciding autism is a medical condition eases the minds of those who profit from it.”
A couple of great links were sent to things that have been written on the topic or related topics. This, from the Zur Institute entitled: DSM: Diagnosing for Status and Money, focusses on the DSM and argues, “Historically, many clinicians have been unaware that the DSM is more political than scientific, that there is little agreement among professionals regarding the meaning of vaguely defined terms, and that it includes only scant…
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