Autism: not an illness or medical condition
March 15, 2016 § 7 Comments
In my time I’ve deleted many posts. Sometimes we blog, tweet and status update in haste.
I’m also hyper aware of the corners of the internet where spats are a click away, and it can certainly be an unforgiving environment.
Yet I’m compelled to tackle the following analogy. I don’t want to identify the author who I feel just hasn’t thought it through. It is my hope that these thoughts and observations might come to them gently via the net.
Okay so here’s the paraphrase:
“People don’t suffer autism, epilepsy, cancer or depression. They have those conditions & suffer ignorance.”
The idea is that ignorance is the bad guy is fine, but you can see the problem. It’s the muddling of condition with disease that’s seriously out of whack.
It’s not accurate for autism and cancer to appear in the same grouping as conditions.
I’m sure the character limit on tweets is partly to blame, but underlying it is a conceptual blunder, which helps neither autism nor cancer. I don’t want who I am to be linked with cancer in any context.
I wish that people would think more carefully about how these kinds of juxtapositions feel.
But aside from how I feel when I read this kind of proclamation is the association it engenders in people’s minds of autism with disease and cure. This is ignorant and also dangerous.
In my recent diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome my report states,
“The syndrome is not an illness or medical condition.”
I am happily and healthily autistic.
Gracias. Over and out.