Reblogging an excellent article about the harmful perpetuation of myths about autism and autistics.
Since returning to Singapore, I have myself come face to face with so much ignorance and lack of progressive understanding about autism, and blatant exploitation – I call it the Autism Grand Circus Industry – with non-autistics ranging from superbly brilliant to the crass and loud all frenetically peddling a range of autism cures (CD water, ASEA water etc), myriad programmes aimed at ‘normalising’ autistics, and events claiming to “Expose” Autism, all without real autistic professional consultation. This of course leads to a stubborn ableist culture where many non-autistic parents are either making money or getting high on publicity for claiming expertise in autism based on their third-party observation of their one or two autistic children which they may or may not truly understand anyway, or parents more happy to be fleeced (some programmes cost up to $20K!) by unscrupulous promises of ‘recovery’, ‘healing’, ‘overcoming’, and of course, ‘cure’, than to pay to consult actual qualified Autistic Autism Professionals who offer concrete help to better understand autism and better support autistic people of all ages and all needs that are respectful of the actual autistic paradigm.
Autism is a very serious money-spinning industry. All over the world. And the people profiting are not the autistics.
Currently the most visible way in which autism contributes to the economy is by providing a substrate from which a growing autism industry can extract profit.
What CAN be misunderstood WILL be misunderstood. Unless you are autistic there is no difference between “cure” and cure. Sadly, there is no shortage of “autism professional advice” and “cures” that amount to a sarcophagus for autistic individuals. The result is a bullet proof technique for creating mental health problems and selling further “treatments”. The first step towards progress could not be simpler:
Let the set of cures remain empty, and reduce the set of “cures” to the empty set.
To identify the “cures” it is important to understand the myths that are still perpetuated by the autism industry or by individual “autism professionals”.
Myth 1: Autists lack empathy
Reality: There is a double empathy challenge.
It is not only the…
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