Editorial #251: We’re back! And Lisa Jo Rudy is Gone!
We at Autism Politico have come out of retirement because Lisa Jo Rudy is going into hers (in a manner of speaking). She says:
Note: as this is the last blog post I’m writing for this site, I have closed the post to comments. To those of you who enjoyed reading my blogs, thanks so much for the kind words!
Autism Politico doesn’t know why Lisa Jo has ended the comments but knows that Lisa Jo has a habit of closing comments when people who emphatically disagree with her decisions or opinions post their opinions. Such was the case with the notorious Zoey Roberts article she posted.
Many people in Facebook forums are cheering the exit of Rudy, who, for the duration of her reign at Autism.About.com, never really seemed to have a firm opinion on anything, never really seemed to take a firm stance against unproven therapies, and sometimes seemed to make her readers wonder if her son was a guinea pig for autism treatments.
Even as she exists, she throws in some parting shots at the autism community which some people are interpreting as bitter:
Many people on the autism spectrum are amazing human beings. Many are not.
says Rudy, seemingly in exasperation. Our counter to that is a restatement of something we picked up from a poster in a WrongPlanet community: ALL autistics are amazing, even if some of them behave like jerks.
So we see now how Rudy has viewed the community which she allegedly served.
This so-called “autism community” includes some very scary people. Beware of these people, and try not to allow them to influence the decisions you make on behalf of your children. When sites like Age of Autism LITERALLY photoshop images of horns and tails onto people with whom they disagree, you can make a shrewd guess that they have an agenda that they are trying to push.
But she posts this unaware that there is a big brew-ha-ha going on right this minute across Facebook about a person she featured in one of her articles. This person has many different online aliases and is badgering people with them to the point where people are visibly angry. Rudy billed this person as an advocate. So while Rudy may say that AofA photoshops images of horns and tails onto people, Rudy may have knowingly or unknowingly pasted a halo onto person many people consider to be a demon.
Another nugget of wisdom from Ms. Rudy, who invites us to follow her on her new blog:
Gold-plated, double-blind, controlled, expensive studies may tell you far less than you think they should.
Yes, Lisa, let us all disregard these studies, which are put together by a scientific method which is accepted worldwide by researchers. Let us all reject these studies, which are done in such a manner as to reduce error ratios to a minimum, and quantifiable, reproducible results to a maximum. Let us ignore the fact that there is a control group. What we should want, Autism Politico gathers, is a random sampling of people who give vague opinions on things, and this should be our source of knowledge.
Autism Politico notices that Lisa Jo Rudy was always “open-minded” about ABA therapy, but now that she has no interest in Autism.About.com, she tells us that for HER child:
We specifically stayed away from ABA because, quite frankly, when it’s done poorly (and it often is) it is dehumanizing and disrespectful. Worse, it is focused entirely upon behavior, and not upon the human being that is your child.
Never in our recollection did she try to discourage other people from ABA. Autism Politico guesses that while she certainly would not expose her own kid to ABA, she didn’t care as much what other parents did with their kids.
Now Autism Politico must state that we do not believe Rudy is a bad person. We actually LIKE some of the things she has to say. For instance, when Rudy says:
The goal of autism therapies and treatments, in my opinion, should be to help the individual with autism to become as fully human as they can be. Being “fully human” means so much more than being typical. It means learning, loving, creating, imagining, laughing, playing, singing, being silly, having fun.
Autism Politico hears two things:
1) Rudy genuinely wishes the best for autistics.
2) And she must be naive, because she seems to think we are less than fully human.
Autism Politico is pleased that Lisa Jo Rudy, who has expressed the idea that we are not as fully human as others, is leaving. Good riddance, and goodbye.
And no, we will not be reading your new blog.
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