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Editorial #333: Cut Medicaid Funding to Autistics NOW!

Autism Politico understands that most parents and caregivers of people on the spectrum, and most autistics are ignorant of the fact that some schools and some general practitioners intentionally misdiagnose autism.

As so many books and articles have shown, schools do it to obtain funding for children with lesser disabilities when no government funding is available for classroom materials and educational assistants to help those children.  And doctors will misdiagnose at the behest of parents to obtain services for their children, or so that schools accommodate their children, or simply because they are not qualified to diagnose autism spectrum disorder in children.

“Some parents and doctors faking autism diagnosis to get help for kids”

“New Book Uncovers Psychiatry’s Dirty Little Secrets”

We also know from books and articles that some adults diagnosis shop, flitting between psychologists and psychiatrists to find a preferred diagnosis of autism, rather than a less savory one they cannot accept.

Medicaid assessments and re-assessments can weed out false diagnoses.  When people with false diagnoses are caught, they can be booted out of the system, and the saved money can be used either for people with legitimate diagnoses who REALLY need services, or else funding for Medicaid can be cut, and taxpayer money can be used elsewhere… or taxes can actually be lowered.

“Peter Szatmari, another child psychiatrist who was part of the DSM IV effort, also believes Asperger’s has been stretched too far. “I remove the diagnosis about 50 percent of the time,” he says.

As autistics, the best thing we can do in the eyes of the general populace is to admit, like Peter Szatmari does, that 50% of people with Asperger Syndrome are probably misdiagnosed, and we can also admit that many with autism are also probably misdiagnosed.

And given that there is no cure for autism, and that there are very few therapies that actually work, we autistics can save taxpayers lots of money by simply making the effort to change our thinking and behavior so that we can better fit in with the world.  Many autistics have done so, but our Medicaid system -as well as other government benefits- tend to have the effect of making us lazy.  It’s fun to get “free money” and “free stuff” after all.

We also must acknowledge that transitioning from a life where people have waited on us hand and foot to a life where we do for ourselves is a scary proposition.

Fortunately, Medicaid cuts will force many “autistics” who ought not to be getting benefits to grow up and behave like decent human beings.  Autism Politico thinks this is a good thing.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

June 25, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism & Schools, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #332: Where Are The Payoffs For Accommodations Autistics Are Getting?

Autism Politico has learned of the existence of an “autism friendly hotel.”

Now, we can go two ways with this post:

1) How ridiculous!  Isn’t it enough that we have EAs in school,  Snoezelen Rooms, support dogs, support cats, lots of therapies (legitimate and quack)? Isn’t enough that we’re retraining cops, teachers, parents and even barbers to “accommodate” us in all the necessary ways?  Isn’t it enough that we have special hours for autistics at grocery stores, and we have special “autism friendly” screenings at movies?  Isn’t it enough that we have autism cruises, and calming rooms at theme parks like Dollywood? Isn’t it enough that we get disability benefits, food stamps, and public housing when we need it?

Maybe people haven’t noticed, but despite all of these and other accommodations, the meltdowns and tantrums haven’t stopped.  If anything, they’ve increased in frequency and ferocity.  Autistics continue to fail in school, and they seem to ratchet up the bad behaviors everywhere now that these accommodations -which are designed specifically to prevent these behaviors from occurring- have been broadly implemented.

Autism Politico thinks these accommodations need to be taken away, because once upon a time, there were none, and kids -no matter what their diagnoses- were expected to but their butts to live up to the expectations society had for them.  In this way, such children would not be a societal liability, but an asset.

Or, we could say…

2) It’s about time we had an autism friendly hotel!  We’re not satisfied with the tiny amount of ass-kissing we get from society, and believe we should be getting lots more accommodations and “free stuff.” We should have slaves, hookers, drugs, and really good digs.  In fact, we should be put up in mansions, which come with a conveyor belt of cash heading straight to our wallets, and we should get deliveries of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets to our house every fifteen minutes.  Moms and dads and teachers and cops and -everybody who isn’t autistic- should understand that this is what they owe us…. because GENE MUTATIONS.

Never mind that other -more disabled people- are getting fewer accommodations.  It’s not our fault that they aren’t as loud-mouthed and greedy as we are.  We deserve MORE!  And we’re not going to stop whining, bitching, and complaining and making everyone’s lives difficult until you give us your last penny and your last ounce of energy as you service our every need.

Now…

Which sounds better to your ears? #1 or #2?

If you’re an NT, YOU make the choice.

Because either way… you’re buying, and what you order is going to be the opposite of what you want delivered.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

 

April 10, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism Community & Its Politics, Autistics In Stores and Restaurants | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #331: World Autism Awareness Day

Today is the day we remember that there are people on the spectrum who deliberately and by choice make things difficult for their parents and claim that autism is an excuse for doing so.  We also remember that there are NTs which enable autistics to be problems for their families.

Read this article where it says:

“I’m ready to explode! My son is 7 and has aspergers [sic]. He absolutely stinks. His bedroom is a bomb site, he won’t clean it. I am not allowed to clean it, he opens the door and the whole house smells if he does. He doesn’t allow me to go in his room for his clothes. He won’t bring his clothes down without an argument. He refuses to take a shower, won’t brush his teeth. I can’t take it anymore. I went in his room this morning, found empty yogurt containers under his mattress. Clothes stuffed everywhere. I flung it all on the floor. If he wants to live like that, fair enough – but not here under my roof. I have had it.”

Autism Politico doesn’t see why this problem exists, but when you read the response to the comment, you understand.  Parents are basically supposed to find new, ingenious, and never before tried ways to solve a problem that takes less that thirty seconds for experienced parents to solve:  You either go in there and clean out the room and let the kid sob over what you’re doing, or you make the kid’s life so miserable via punishments that they will clean it themselves.

The situation in the article can be seen as a metaphor for what is wrong with a good portion of the autistic population.  The latest thing autistics are whining about it in the US are the government’s probably cuts to people with disabilities. Of course they disregard the fine print, which basically says that redundant agencies and services will be cut, and people judged to be gaming the system will be thrown off benefits.

This is a good thing.

We autistics here at Autism Politico believe that many of our fellow autistics are spoiled brats, and are taking advantage of people from the cradle to the grave. This is what we must take away from World Autism Awareness Day.

It’s time for that to end, and thank goodness Trump, his administration, and Republicans are working toward that goal.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

April 2, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #330: Ten Offensive Things Autistics Say To One Another

Autism Politico keeps seeing lists of “offensive” things NTs are not supposed to say to autistics, so we’re going to list ten “offensive” things autistics say to each other.  (Note: Read to the end and there will be a “bonus” saying.)

10.) “Nothing about us, without us.”  A familiar saying adopted and adapted from a Latin phrase often used by an autism self-advocacy organization.  If you don’t like this organization, you hate that your fellow autistics are using the motto.

9.) “Au” This isn’t something people say, but is a symbol people on the spectrum use to show solidarity.  Our experience has been that some of the biggest bullies in the community use this symbol after their names on social media sites, and will harass you if you do not use the symbol, or if you do not display the attributes consistent with their view of autism.

8.) “Puzzle Piece Logo.” Not a saying either, but relevant here because, while lots of people who claim to be on the spectrum get puzzle piece tattoos on their bodies, others on the spectrum despise the puzzle piece logo because “we are not an enigma.”

7.)  “If you’re high-functioning, you don’t understand what it is like to be low-functioning.”  Utter BS.  If you started out as low-functioning and worked your way up to being high-functioning, not only do you understand what it is like to be low-functioning, but how easy it is to work your way up to high-functioning.

6.)  “Self-diagnosed autistics are autistic too.”  This is usually said so that self-diagnosed autistics are not made to feel rejected, but really, most of us feel that autism is not a club, and we don’t like it when people lump themselves in with us because they think it’s “cool” to be autistic.  Especially when these people may have significant psychological problems and diagnoses that make us all look worse to NTs than we already may look to them.

5.)  “Don’t try so hard.  You make the rest of us look bad.”  This is usually spoken by people on the spectrum who don’t want to apply themselves in school, or get jobs, etc. Autistics with any degree of motivation hate this kind of comment.

4.) “There is nothing you can do to stop sensory overload in public places.”  Yes there is, and most of us know that when we have a “meltdown” in a public place, it’s usually a tantrum, and just a manipulative ploy to get the people who are with us to leave because we don’t want to be there.

3.) “You can’t fake a meltdown.”  Yes we can, and we do it all the time.

2.) “You don’t look autistic.”  Let’s face it.  Many people on the spectrum agree among themselves that there really is a “look” to autism (even though there isn’t.)  If you walk around with your shirt or blouse not tucked into your pants, and your hair is messy, and you grin sheepishly with your teeth protruding, in these autistics’ opinions, you’re probably autistic.

There are other qualifiers as well, and, coincidentally, they all seem to be ones that are mirror images of the accusing autistics.

Just remember, if you dress like a million bucks, there’s not a hair out of place on your head, and your smile is the furthest thing from a chimpanzee’s, you cannot be autistic according to these people.

1.) “Are you on the spectrum?”  Most often said in front of NTs by wanna-be or self-diagnosed autistics who want to torpedo the opinions of people who are really on the spectrum before NTs will seriously consider those opinions.

BONUS: “If you’ve seen one autistic, you’ve seen one autistic.” Wrong! Pretty much everyone on the spectrum agrees that we’re alike. In fact, we have so much in common that even self-diagnosed autistics and wanna-bees identify with us and want to be labeled as one of us.  We just trot out the phrase to NTs because we know that if they can’t categorize us or our symptoms and behaviors, we can keep them running in circles trying to guess how to make us behave/motivate us, etc., and we can take advantage of their gullibility in the meantime.

So there you have it!  Do any of you out there have any phrases or sayings or logos that autistics hate seeing other autistics use?  If so, post them in the comments section below!

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

March 31, 2017 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #329: Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Won’t Allow Contrary Thoughts About Trump

Autism Politico would like to inform those who have been banned from posting contrary thoughts to this post on The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism may freely post their thoughts here.

We have watched as people have taken some of Sparrow R. Jones points and addressed them -some with proof that some points were specious or factually incorrect, others with differing opinions and points of view- only to have those comments deleted by the admin.

All posts in support of the anti-Trump rambling diatribe appear to remain.

We are aware that censorship in regard to the praise of President Elect Donald Trump’s election is rampant in the autism community and we feel this is unjust.  We believe this kind of behavior is the same kind of thuggish behavior seen in any repressive community where the oppressors are trying to make it appear that there is only one view, and only one appropriate view to be held.

We further believe that it is ironic for The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism to compare Trump to Hitler, but -in the spirit of Hitler- ban contrary opinions under rules of posting that have been arbitrarily enforced in the past.  This leads us to believe that if there is a “regime” in evidence, it is located within a certain segment of the autism community which appears to be throwing a tantrum over the election results.  This same community seems to be trying to conjure up hysteria among its vulnerable constituency to support views which have been repeatedly and firmly trounced by fact.

And doesn’t such behavior add to the false perception that autistics are egocentric, selfish, manipulative, and refuse to entertain any other view but theirs?

From our observations, autistics are tired of this censorship, not only by individuals in the autism community, but also by certain radical autism self-advocacy networks which we will not name.  Our view is that the autistic anti-Trump camp represents a very small portion of the autism community, and it seems from what we are seeing that their main fear is that they will be required to do what past generations of autistics have done so well: Try to rise above their diagnoses and become successful individuals in all areas of life:  Home, school, work, parenting, marriage, politics, clergy, and whatever kind of profession or recreational activity they choose.

Our view is that such behavior among the radical element is what is the direct cause of the ill treatment directed towards the autistic community, and if you the reader have any conscience whatsoever, you will not give the radical element any credence or credibility lest they destroy your own with their outrageous rants.

Do not be dissuaded and discouraged by those “autistic self-advocates” who try to convince you that we are all put down by society, discriminated against, and doomed to fail.  It is only those few autistics that have given us bad names that create a stereotype that is often identified by society as being “autistic”, and the hostility with which some autistic self-advocates interact with some people perpetuate this stereotype.  We know that most autistics are the opposite.  We are strong, we are competent, we are hard workers, we are as good as anyone else in life, and we utterly reject people and groups from our own community which censor us and keep us down.

The autistic radicals have their own agenda.  The rest of us autistics do not allow ourselves to be a part of it.

Let it be stated for the record:  It appears to us that Donald J. Trump -who has a son that is speculated by the media to have autism- has demonstrated by his cabinet picks that diversity, and working to restore the rights of all Americans, are top priorities of his administration.

Now is the time for autistics to join this new idealism, and become self-supporting, self-sufficient, and self-empowering to the extent that they can.

Further…

We MUST stand united against repression and oppression by radical, hostile, prejudiced, bigoted, and self-serving segments of the autism community whose aim is to manipulate us all for their own personal agendas, if that is what they are doing.

Join us, in congratulating President Elect Trump on his cabinet picks, and his new job.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

However…

In the spirit of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism example of “fair commentary”, we will be deleting comments that are abusive to Trump, so that The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s founder and supporters may understand how it feels to be censored and marginalized as The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s founder appears to have done to Trump supporters.

November 23, 2016 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #328: Autism And Masturbation: A Rebuttal

Autism Politico anticipates a spike in views at this entry, but we assure our readers that our intent is not to get their rocks off or ours.  We just want to comment on a post made by someone else on the subject of autism and masturbation in boys and men.

To read the original post we are referring to go here.

If you are looking to get some sexual arousal from this post, get lost.

Our comments:

I)  Masturbation is a difficult topic.  Mix it in with the subject of autism, and it can become a very difficult topic.  Catherine Newell makes an attempt to address this topic in a way that seems suitable for her, and we’re not going to bash her for addressing the topic itself, since others have.

II) But we feel she’s missing a few points, and may have made some points erroneously, so we feel, being autistics, we should have our say, fill in the gaps, and right any perceived wrongs.

III) With all that said, we are not medical professionals, so if you have any questions or issues on this topic, talk to your doctor.

IV) Our understanding of Newell’s post is that -among other things- she feels that sexual urges in male autistics, specifically severely affected ones, are something that needs to be relieved because, aside from feelings of sexual frustration experienced by many, some autistics physically hurt themselves when attempting to masturbate, in some cases requiring medical care as a result of their attempts.

Therefore, she seems to be saying that it is necessary to teach males on the spectrum to masturbate (and females also, although she does not address females in her post, being the parent of a male autistic).  She discusses various ways in which this might be done.

V) Though we have religious and moral views on this topic, we’re going to set those aside and look at things from what we hope is an objective standpoint, and the reason we are looking at things objectively, is that we feel that Newell is looking at things subjectively.

What we feel Newell is overlooking are these points:

A) Although we are not medical professionals, our understanding with regard to the male human body is that the body will eject surplus sperm and semen through nocturnal emissions, thereby solving the problem of someone not being able to masturbate.  In other words, to our knowledge, if the human body is functioning optimally and normally -as we understand it- then there is no physical health risk to the human body by avoiding or not masturbating.

B) We acknowledge that sex can be used for two purposes:  1) To procreate.  2) For pleasure.

C) We understand that a large number of people on the spectrum are asexual, which Newell does not acknowledge.  Therefore, parents who agree with Newell’s ideas and try to explain masturbation to autistics may be foisting sex on them when they are not remotely interested in sex.

D) We understand that a number of people on the spectrum are hyper-sexual, which Newell does not acknowledge.  Therefore, parents who agree with Newell’s ideas and try to explain masturbation to autistics may be feeding an autistic’s sexual addiction and exacerbating an existing problem rather than solving it.

E) Pain is there for a reason.  If an autistic person is masturbating to the point where they are causing pain or damage to their own bodies, one has to ask how severe the compulsion is that would cause them to deliberately persist in masturbatory endeavors regardless of how much they are injuring themselves.

On this point, it should be stated that self-injury, like head-banging, is a completely different kind of thing than injuring one’s self through masturbation.  Head-banging is a response to frustration, or stimuli, and may not actually hurt an autistic, but instead relieve the autistic from painful feelings or emotions.  But to persist with masturbation past the point of injury, and to endure pain during this time is suggestive of a compulsion or addiction.  We are of the opinion that medical or psychological or psychiatric treatment would be advantageous at this point.

F) But given dispositions of many autistics in general [that they must have something NOW or else throw a tantrum or fall into a meltdown] is encouraging immediate sexual gratification in this circumstance a good thing, or is it creating confusion?  How is a severely affected autistic to discern why it’s wrong to grab a candy bar off a shelf in the store and eat it without paying if he is taught that it’s okay to masturbate in private the moment the urge hits?

G) Let’s remember that stimming is something autistics use to relieve/manage/navigate stress.  It’s a risky venture to teach an autistic person to masturbate because if they use it purely as a stim, it will become a behavior that will be very hard to break them of when necessary.

H) The idea that a parent of caregiver or sex worker should physically help an autistic to achieve orgasm is a concept we utterly reject, though Newell implies that these alternatives are acceptable.

I) Autism Politico feels that it’s not a stretch for us to say that for anyone, autistic or not, who has actually had sex, there comes a point where routine can become boring, even though it’s pleasurable.  This begs the question:  If a severely autistic person who has been taught to masturbate hit that plateau where masturbation becomes boring, what may that individual next do to satisfy the existing urge?  Having been versed by one or more methods by which ejaculation may be achieved, isn’t it possible that the autistic person may see another human as a possible source of sexual release?

-Perhaps they want someone to masturbate them.

-Perhaps they make the cognitive association between their genitals and someone else’s.

-And perhaps they rape the other person in an attempt to be masturbated, or to achieve orgasm.

-And what if this other person is a child, a parent, a caregiver, an elderly person, or a bystander?

J) If the child or adult experiencing sexual frustration was not autistic would Newell teach them how to masturbate?  In which case, what would that look like?  “Come on over here, Jimmy.  Mommy’s going to show you how to jack off!”

What is disturbing about Newell’s commentary is that she doesn’t seem to acknowledge that unless a non-autistic person suffers from some sexual deviancy, a non-autistic person can control their sexual impulses.  We don’t see psychologically healthy NTs masturbating in public or forcing themselves on people.

Neither do we see psychologically healthy autistic people doing these things.

Ergo it is our opinion that any autistic person -no matter how severely or mildly affected- who does engage in inappropriate or outright deviant behavior needs to be taught how to control those impulses before they can be taught how to relieve them, and we very much doubt that a parent or caregiver is capable of performing this function.

Again, we are not medical professionals, but we aren’t stupid either.  We are autistic.  And we feel that Newell believes that those of us who are severely affected are mindless idiots who live by the pleasure principle, or that we have a stimulus-response manner of existence.

It’s very insulting.

We recognize that her experience is her own, but we feel she may be underselling her own child as well as many autistics, and so we could not let her comments stand unchallenged.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

November 19, 2016 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism & Religion, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #327: About The Brexit

Autism Politico’s take on this is that the UK is a giant breast which some of the other EU members are suckling from long after they should have been weaned from the teat. The EU gains more from the UK than the UK gains from the EU.  An ideal relationship would be one where all parties receive mutual benefits.

As much as some people in the autism community are terrified that a break from the EU may mean a cutting in benefits, the truth is, many autistics, like the EU, need to get off the tit and start doing for themselves.

Autism Politico doesn’t think people with autism should listen to any leader in the autism community that has supported or continues to support the UK REMAINING in the European Union, and people may want to consider that such autism leaders may be self-serving, i.e. telling their constituency and supporters what they want to hear just to keep getting contributions to their causes.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

July 2, 2016 Posted by | About Autism Politico, Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial# 326: PSA To Parents Of Wandering Autistics

Autism Politico would just like to give the following public service announcement to parents of wandering autistics….

We all know that it doesn’t take much effort at all to keep autistic children from wandering, don’t we?

When you assassinate the character of someone who keeps your autistic child from wandering, and who tells you how to be a better parent, this is what they may think of you:

Gorilla and Kid

Bitch child

So the next time someone corrects you on your parenting skills, don’t criticize them, and don’t be a bully.  Thank them, for teaching you how to be a better parent.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

May 31, 2016 Posted by | Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics, Autistics In Stores and Restaurants | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editorial #325: Rebutting The Neurotypical Privilege Nonsense

As we are autistic, Autism Politico feels it necessary to rebut the Neurotypical Privilege nonsense being put out by a radical wing of the autistic civil rights movement.  It’s hardly worth doing since most of the people in that movement are by their own admission self-diagnosed, and therefore not autistic until they actually get a diagnosis.

Some Autistics who do have a diagnosis do try to speak out against the concept of neurotypical privilege, but they are usually banned from blogs and Facebook groups where they comment, and their comments are deleted.  This makes it appear like the autism community is unanimous in its agreement that neurotypicals have privilege, but of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

So what we’re going to do is take the points from this blog post, and address them one by one, and folks, since there are fifty of them, you’d better get a snack and something to drink, because you’re going to be here a long time. Our comments will be in red and in bold, so there is no confusion as to who said what.

Checklist of Neurotypical Privilege
Safety

1. I have never been told, because of my neurology, that I am incapable of feeling pain.  We who write at Autism Politico have been circulating in the autism community since before the inception of the internet, and none of us have seen or heard any autistic complaining or commenting that someone has told them or thought them incapable of feeling pain.  But evidently, whomever wrote this checklist must have been told they are incapable of feeling pain.  Either that or they are making it up.  We DO know that there are some autistics who claim to have heightened sensitivity to pain or reduced sensitivity to pain, but we also know there are some NTs that have these characteristics also, and so neither autistics nor NTs appear to have a “privilege” in regard to being told that because of their neurology, they are “incapable” of feeling pain. We are aware that there is a specific diagnosis out there in which some people appear to not feel pain.

2. If I have a medical problem, I do not worry that my doctor will dismiss it as part of my neurotypicality.  Bullshit.  Neurotypicals are accused of being hypochondriacs all the time.  NT mothers are accused of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy all the time.  There is no privilege granted to anyone with or without a diagnosis.3. When attempting to purchase health insurance, I know that I will not be rejected because I am NT.  Bullshit.  Plenty of neurotypicals used to be rejected by health insurance companies because they had pre-existing conditions, and, as with autistics, the basis for rejection was not on the diagnosis itself, but the estimated costs likely to be incurred by the insurance companies in the treatment of those diagnoses. 

4. If I am bullied or abused, people will not assume that my neurology means I am at least partially to blame, or that the abuse would stop if I tried harder to behave like someone else.  Bullshit.  1) People on the spectrum will call “instruction”, “constructive criticism”, “helpful advice” and a requirement that they adhere to the same standards as anyone else with or without a diagnosis as bullying when in fact there is no bullying at all.  2) Bullies single out those whom they regard as easy targets, and these targets are not limited to those with autism.  3) Bullies themselves may have a disorder according to many studies, and this can be anything from narcissistic personality disorder to antisocial personality disorder and/or a plethora of other diagnosis.  What this item on the checklist does is ignore all of these considerations and put the blame unfairly on neurotypicals. In effect, by making the claim made in #4, autistics are bullying neurotypicals because they are blaming neurotypical people without having any facts to back up their claim that neurotypicals are bullies.

[And this begs the question:  Isn’t this entire “privilege”  list just one big babyish tantrum that so-called autistics are throwing because they are unwilling to take charge of their own futures?  (More on this point later, perhaps.)]

5. I can assume that police officers will not become alarmed at my natural body language and find it necessary to subdue me in advance of any wrongdoing.  Bullshit. No one can make this assumption.  The newspapers are full of articles about police using supposedly “brutal” methods “for no reason” on people, whether autistic, neurotypical or not.  The difference between everyone else and autistics is that autistics feel that they above all else should receive special consideration over everyone else.  This is called snobbery and elitism.

6. I do not have to carry a special card or bracelet with me to explain my natural body movements or the sounds I naturally make.  No, you don’t have to, because not everyone on the spectrum does nor needs to.  Only a select few do, and when you suggest that ALL autistics have these strange movements, you project a type of characterization on people which does not exist in all autistic people to benefit yourselves.  When people buy into this bullshit, it’s called privilege, and in this case, a slim segment of autistics appear to be underprivileged when most autistics are not underprivileged in this regard at all.

7. I am not considered more dangerous and more likely to commit a crime because of my neurology.  Autism Politico has this to say:  When an a person found to have been diagnosed autistic goes on a shooting spree, it would be better for people in the autistic community to publicly state how disgusted they are with said individual instead of 1) Defending said individual with statements like “He was autistic and he was bullied.  That’s why he did it” or “Asperger’s made him do it” and 2) They might refrain from making statements like “I hope they took out as many people as they could before the cops took them down,” and “I hope they nailed some cops before they were caught/killed,” because when people within the autism community makes statements like that, not only does it look like they support the killers, it makes them look like they actively want to participate in the killing.  This may be why prejudice exists against autistic people, because not as many NTs say those types of things when people of their own mental persuasion go on a shooting spree.  What they usually say is “I hope the cops catch those bastards and put them in jail” or “I hope those killers roast on the electric chair,” and so on.  So you see, there is no “privilege” involved here.  Merely the reaction of the NT community to what has been stated by certain very vocal members of the autism community in response to crimes committed by autistics.

8. People of my neurology are not generally considered burdensome to our families or to tax-payers.  Bullshit.  How many neurotypicals are on the welfare rolls?  But here is a point worth considering:  We know that Hans Asperger said “To our own amazement, we have seen that autistic individuals, as long as they are intellectually intact, can almost always achieve professional success, usually in highly specialized academic professions, often in very high positions, with a preference for abstract content.”  Yet today we see articles that state “81% of people with Asperger Syndrome can’t maintain employment” [parphrased] and the like.  We must ask ourselves why there is a disparity between “autistic individuals, as long as they are intellectually intact, can almost always achieve professional success” and “81% of people with Asperger Syndrome can’t maintain employment.”  Autism Politico posits that it is due to autistic privilege.  Autistics have received so much “acceptance” and so many “accommodations” that they can now sit on their asses and not be expected to do anything or accomplish anything…and so they don’t.

Thus the stereotype.  It was created by autistics, and for autistics, and now autistics are trying to ram “neurotypical privilege” down everyone’s throats to get even more acceptance and accommodations.

But viewed from a familial perspective:  An autistic (to cite a hypothetical example) who wants to play video games has no problem firing up the game system, playing the game, finding the cheats, going through all the different levels to win, etc.  But in some cases, ask this autistic to dress themselves, do the laundry, do the dishes, cook, or even wipe their own ass and they “can’t,” because they “don’t know how” and there are “too many steps” to learn how to do these things.  But take the game system away, however, and they can do those things lighting quick, and so perfectly, that it was as though they could do it roughly since birth.

This may be another reason why the stereotype exists that autistics are considered burdensome to their families and taxpayers.  One can understand if intellectually, they cannot do something, but in many cases, they choose not to, and this was affirmed by Asperger from the beginning.

9. Nobody will murder me because of my neurology.  Bullshit.  The newspapers are full of articles about people killing other people because of what they think and how they behave.  Stalin put numerous people in the death camps because of how they thought about communism.  Hitler executed not just Jews, but political prisoners, mentally ill people, people of other religions and ethnicities besides those approved by the Third Reich. No privilege exists here on either side.

10. If I am murdered, my murderer will not be let off because my murder was deemed “an act of mercy,” or given a light sentence because of the stress caused by interacting with me.  Bullshit.  Autism Politico knows of no instances where anyone was given these same considerations after murdering autistics.  We have heard of people being let off the hook for murdering autistics due to reasons of insanity, or for any one of a plethora of other reasons also granted to murderers of NTs, all of those reasons being legal and legally plausible. 

11. I do not have to fear that important decisions about my life will be made by others who are considered more qualified based on their neurology.  There is no need to live in fear.  As Hans Asperger said, ““We are convinced, then, that autistic people have their place in the organism of the social community. They fulfill their role well, perhaps better than anyone else could, and we are talking of people who as children had the greatest difficulties and caused untold worries to their caregivers.”   As long as autistic people do that which autistics have consistently proved to do (until the present generation, anyway) then there ought not to be any reason for people making decisions on their behalf.  The only exception to the rule would be severely autistic people who cannot make decisions for themselves, and the supposed “privilege” that more neurologically qualified people have would apply, then, to anyone who is mentally incapable.  Not just autistics.  But if autistics don’t want people making decisions for them, we are sure there will be many that will oblige autistics by not carry for them.  This is called “abandonment” and this is a “privilege” that is afforded to the homeless.

12. I am not expected to accept seclusion rooms, restraints, or neuro-enhancing drugs as conditions of my educational experience.  NO ONE expects you to accept seclusion rooms, restraints, or neuro-enhancing drugs as conditions of your educational experience, and as has been demonstrated by plenty of people on the spectrum who have gone through their own educational careers, those things are never necessary if you do what every other person in society does, which is to behave in a socially acceptable manner in an educational setting in the same way that ALL people, with any type of neurology are expected to behave, said standard being set by the amalgamation of all these neurological types, including autistic ones, the latter which are voided for the sake of convenience by those autistics who don’t want to admit that there are some autistics who do set societal standards.

Inclusion

13. For a child of my neurotype, everyday teaching of the skills they will need to live in this society is called education or parenting—not therapy, treatment, or intervention.  But it is called therapy, treatment, or intervention when you deliberately refuse to accept education or parenting, and when you are willfully defiant of any attempts to educate or parent you.  As you know, neurotypicals are not exempt from therapy, treatment, or intervention.  Once you act in a combative manner, society, of which autistics are a part, have decided that you have voided your right to “normal” education and parenting, because through your own actions, you have proven that you resist and rebut “normal” education and parenting, even though it has proven to work for other autistics with the exact same level of affectation and with the exact same comorbidities that you have.

Further, those who need help simply because they are physically or mentally incapable, no matter what their neurology, what they receive is called remedial help, other terms for which are therapy, treatment, or intervention.  No segment of society is exempt from this help.  Therefore, there is no privilege.

14. If someone of my neurology can do something well, I will not be punished for being unable to do the same thing well or at all.  Bullshit.  How many NTs get fired because they can’t do the job?  How many NTs get a bad grade in school because they cannot pass a test on the course material?  How many NTs fail to receive a trophy because they cannot win the match?  The difference between NTs and autistics is that autistics expect accommodations and acceptance, whereas NTs admit failure and defeat, and try again until they do better, win, or give up.  That society has awarded autistics these accommodations and acceptance indicates that autistics are privileged and NTs are shortchanged for not getting the same privilege.

15. People do not constantly tell me that I need to work on the things which I am very bad at, at the expense of things which I am good at and enjoy doing.  Bullshit.  No matter what type of neurology a person has, if a person is failing, they are told to “study” or “focus” or “try harder” or “learn” until they do better, and they do these things at the expense of doing pleasurable things they would otherwise be doing.  No privilege exists here to any segment of society.

16. People who have power over my education will probably not decide that, instead of receiving the academic education most of my peers receive, it would be best for me if my time in school were spent learning non-academic “skills.”  As it has been shown by Hans Asperger in the cited case studies, it is proven that the individuals in the case studies can do what tasks are put before them but throw tantrums to avoid doing them.  It would seem that this behavior leaves caregivers and teachers with two choices:  1) Punish the student for being deliberately defiant.  2) Assume the student is lacking in skills and teach them those skills.

Keeping this in mind, one can see that the POWER in this dynamic rests with people on the spectrum.  If people on the spectrum learn to do what they are supposed to do, as their autistic and non-autistic peers have done -some of said peers having worse levels of affectation that they do- then there is no need for remedial training.  Thus there is no “privilege” afforded to neurotypical people, given that autistics were complicit in setting the skill set in the first place, and that the determination of whether a student must be taught skills rests squarely with the student.

Further, if you do not wish for the school to teach you non-scholastic skills, then learn them outside of school.  How is it that the school can successfully teach you the skills you are lacking but your parents could not and you did not?  Therefore, you might consider it a “privilege” that a school would waste so much time teaching you something that your parents should have taught you before attending, or that you could have learned on your own.

In all cases, the fault is yours, for not taking the initiative and doing what other people on and off the spectrum have done: Learn life skills on their own.

17. I can reveal my neurology to my boss and coworkers without fear of losing my job.  Plenty autistics have, so this is not an issue.  Plenty of NTs have been fired on the whims of their bosses.  Autistics are not victims in the workforce very often, but if they are, it is most likely the result of their work performance, their outout, how they relate to their coworkers, or the behaviors reported about in the media causing their employers to play it safe.  (The shootings for example, or the stories of autistics throwing tantrums in schools or in public.)  And it is also probably due to the activity in the online forums where some autistics laugh about shootings, and make excuses for why they had to throw a chair at a teacher, etc., and the subsequent general support of the autistic community for these types of behaviors. Granted, most of the people inhabiting the autism community are self-diagnosed, but we don’t see autistics trying to oust these people from the autism forums.  Rather, they regard these self-diagnosed people as kindred spirits, particularly in terms of mindset.

18. I can ask for technical or social support on the job without being seen as a troublemaker or charity case.  Happens all the time… unless you are, in fact, a troublemaker or a charity case.  So there is no neurotypical “privilege” here.

19. People do not automatically assume that the best place for me to live is an institution.  Again, the perception that autistics belong in an institution probably stems from the fact that with the acceptance and awareness and accommodations movement put forth by autistic self-advocacy organizations, people have come to see autistics as helpless individuals.  The refusal of the autistic community to distance themselves from these radical autistic self advocacy organizations only reinforces the idea that autistics should be committed.  Additionally, when the autistic community appears to condone, approve, and enjoy violent acts by autistics in schools and in public places, this further causes people to believe that autistics should be institutionalized.  Because people feel this way about anyone -autistic or not- who behaves in these ways, no privilege is afford to NTs, since NTs are often among those institutionalized and even incarcerated.

20. The majority of people who make the laws of my nation share my neurology.  If what is meant by this statement that people like Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and other politicians who have been awarded posthumous diagnoses of autism by the autism community are responsible for making the laws of the US (and other politicians in other nations) then it is true that autistics are largely responsible for making the laws which exist in this world, and that NTs are severely disadvantaged being subject to laws made by people with an autistic neurology.  That autistics would claim the opposite is clearly bullying by the autistic community against neurotypicals.

It’s also ironic that the laws which have been made by posthumously awarded autistics are the ones many in the autistic community seem “incapable” of obeying.  This would indicate that if a law is broken by an autistic, it is not due to their being incapable, because capability and incapability would have been considered by those supposed autistics who made the laws. Therefore, if an autistic breaks a law, it must be due to willful defiance, not the result of an autistic being incapable of obeying the law.

21. The services that I need to survive not only already exist, but even if I use those services on a 24-hour basis, I will still be considered independent.  No person alive is without a deficiency of some kind, be it physical, mental, or intellectual.  Autistics are no more lacking in services than anyone else.  They only seem to bitch more about not getting them.  If you wish to be independent, do what everyone else who is independent does:  Set aside personal pursuits and learn necessary ones. Many on the spectrum seem unwilling to do this… unless their personal pursuits are withheld from them, or they are restrained, drugged, or institutionalized.  Do those things to them, and suddenly these people seem motivated, and they demonstrate proficiency in skills they were previously incapable of doing.

22. When I need help performing a particular task, I can ask for help without having to produce documentation to prove I actually need help with it. The help will most often be provided in a manner I can understand, and will not be considered an inconvenience or an act of pity.  When any person in the world needs help from someone else, they become a burden to the party they are asking the help from.  This is a fact.  It is also a fact that not everyone is perfect.  It is even more a fact that some people need more help than others.  If you have to ask for help, you have to accept that you are a burden to the person who provides you with that help, and that the acceptance of the ridicule you receive comes with the help you receive.  This is true for anyone who asks for help, and there is not a person alive who has not asked for help at some point.  There is no privilege either way here.

23. No one sees my neurology as being in need of elimination or cure.  Including Hans Asperger.  But then a generation came into being that decided that they must be accepted and accommodated to the point where they because a burden, and that is when people thought it might be worthwhile curing not just people with severe autism, but people who are mildly affected as well.  As it has been proven by Asperger that most on the spectrum used to be capable of taking care of themselves, no argument can be made to the contrary, and if your evaluative testing has probably proven likewise, your refusal to change your own situation can be cited as a direct cause of people’s perceptions that you need a cure if you are deliberately refusing to change, and are a burden to society.

24. If I am visibly upset, people generally assume something must have upset me, and will generally try to help me.  People on the spectrum are helped moreso than people of different neurotypes,  but since some people on the spectrum have affected an attitude of helplessness that does not exist, society may have come to view people on the spectrum as “the boy who cried wolf” and begun to ignore their cries and whining.  Thus if privilege exists, its the fault of the autistic community for bringing it into being.

25. People do not suggest that groups that are made for the benefit of people of my neurological type be led and ruled by people of a different neurological type, because mine is seen as inherently incapable.  <—– The statement is a generalization.  Prior to this generation, a good many people on the spectrum except those who were severely affected did fine in school, did fine at their places of employment, had families, had pleasant retirements, etc., just as Asperger noted.  But since the autistic self advocacy organizations have stated that acceptance and accommodations are needed because so many on the spectrum -nearly all, in fact- “can’t” do anything, society seems to feel that since autistics are incapable of doing anything for themselves, decisions need to be made on their behalf.  So if there is neurotypical privilege here, the fault for its existence can be attributed to autistics and their attitudes.

26. I have never had to take a single test that determines, for my entire lifetime, whether I get to communicate.  Bullshit.  Every single person that has ever taken any type of test in their life is related to based upon the results of said testing.

Relationships

27. My family, friends, and significant others are not told that I am incapable of relating to other human beings.  If you believe yourself capable of relating to other human beings, demonstrate that capability with the proficiency that others -including your fellow autistics- do.  Otherwise, accept the FACT that you are incapable of relating to other human beings, and that it is your PRIVILEGE to refuse to learn how to relate to other human beings correctly.

28. If I am an adult, I can be a sexual being without the assumption that any partner attracted to me must be a predator or pedophile.  Any man cannot make this statement when in the presence of children given society’s fear that any man may be a predator or pedophile, therefore autistics are not alone in being “without privilege,” and given the increasing number of female teachers caught molesting students, many women do not share the same “privilege” either.  Neither do transgender people, as evidenced by laws being passed against their presence in opposite biological sex bathrooms in so many states.  So, then, it may be said that no one of any gender can be a sexual being without being suspected of being a predator or pedophile.  So get over yourselves, fellow autistics.  No privilege exists here in any form.

29. I am never told that I should not have children lest I pass on the genes that cause them to share my neurological type.  Autism Politico agrees that autistics are told this, given that the Copy Number Variations for autism are present in genes, and that some of these genes may be passed down from generation to generation. To which we say… so what?  Sticks and stones, and all of that.  What difference does it make if people make this comment?  Who cares what other people think?

30. No one speculates about whether I am competent to raise children based solely on my neurology.  Autism Politico agrees with this also.  But we also admit that autistics lack neurotypical privilege in this regard because when so many autistics deliberately and willfully chose NOT to care for themselves, it may be postulated that it is unlikely that autistics are capable of caring for children.  Therefore, the “privilege” is justified until autistics prove otherwise.

31. People do not assume that living in the same household as me is inherently “tragic” or “devastating,” or that my family, friends and partner will need a support group to deal with living with me. This statement has never been stated by an autistic who successfully navigated society’s expectations and rules.  For those who have not, either because they cannot or will not, the perception exists.  But since the “privilege” extends to autistics who can act and interact with society, it cannot be said that statement #31 applies to all autistics, only some autistics, and in their cases, the “privilege” was many times EARNED through their efforts.

32. I will not be asked to leave a public place, or to change where I live, because people are uncomfortable with my neurotypical behaviors.  Plenty of autistics are highly regarded in their community.  But when you willfully or deliberately display behaviors that are within your power not to display, your behaviors will be viewed with discomfort by others.  Let us be clear on this point:  You can look people in the eye. You can stop stimming.  There are plenty of other things you can stop doing also if you choose.  Therefore, when you are capable of changing your behaviors and abiding by societal standards -as people of any neurotype do, no privilege exists.  It’s just that you do not enjoy the benefits of societal approval when you refuse to change.  

33. If I am unhappy, people do not automatically assume my unhappiness is the result of me being who I am.  Because you cannot know what people assume, you cannot make this statement.  No privilege can exist on an assumptive basis.

34. My opinions on social mores and societal issues are not dismissed based on my neurology or on the assumption that I am incapable of understanding how these things work. Likewise, my gender identity and sexual orientation are not discounted because of my neurology.  Plenty of research exists to specifically and explicitly define and delineate every aspect of your diagnosis, co-morbidities, and sexuality.   No assumptions can be made when facts exist unless people are ignorant, in which case, there is no privilege, only ignorance. 

Additionally, many autistics tend to refuse peer-reviewed evidence-based medicine and research and reinvent diagnoses, definitions, and definitions of diagnoses for their own purposes, mainly to give themselves an excuse to behave in ways that their autistic peers, and their NT peers control with little difficulty.  In other words, much of what autistics consider as being “who they are” is really just an excuse to behave in ways that are socially inappropriate, and to engage in these behaviors with immunity.  Thus there is many times no neurotypical privilege, just a refusal by NTs to accept behaviors which neurotypicals and other autistics have decided are not socially and/or publicly acceptable.  

Respect

35. I expect people to presume intellect and competence with me.  Some autistics seem to want everyone to believe they have the intelligence of Einstein, and when they fail to demonstrate this level of intellect, people may tend to see these autistics as blowhards and braggarts. Thus if there is any “privilege” afford to neurotypicals, it is because neurotypicals have earned it via a demonstration of their intelligence and competence, instead of pretended to have it in most cases.

36. If I fail, most will encourage me by telling me that I will ultimately succeed.  And since autistics are usually told the same thing, there is no disparity in privilege to either autistics or neurotypicals.

37. If I fail to understand autistic people, this is attributed to a deficit inherent in autistic people rather than in me.  Given that “society” also includes people on the spectrum, and that most of society has no problem understanding some people on the spectrum, it must be extrapolated that if some people on the spectrum are not understood, it is due to those particular people being not understandable.  This statement can be applied to any segment of society, not just those with autism.  Therefore, there is no privilege afforded to anyone here. That some autistics may be trying to imply otherwise can be seen as bullying.

38. If I have a particular talent or ability, I can demonstrate that talent without being called an “idiot savant” or my talent being called a “splinter skill” or some other demeaning word.  If society does not know you are on the spectrum, they will say that you are talented.  Therefore,  because no neurotypical privilege exists without the label of autism, there is no privilege with it.  Society merely defaults to the concept of “idiot savants” and “splinter skills” because these terms have commonly been associated with people with autism due to people with autism previously accepting these terms and using them to describe their skills. The moral here is:  If you don’t want society to use those words, do not identify yourself as being autistic.  Then, you won’t have to hear those terms.  Also, tell your fellow autistics to stop glorifying themselves with the terms “idiot savant” and “splinter skills.”

39. The definitions of rude and irritating conduct were developed by and for people with my neurology. Because autistics are part of society, it may be said that autistics are in part responsible for defining codes of conduct.  Therefore, privilege exists for some autistics but not others?  Hardly.  The issue here is that if the autistics understand rude and irritating in autistic terms, the application of rude and irritating to their fellow autistics would be made with deference to their fellow autistics’s autism.  Therefore, there is no privilege, and autistics deemed rude and irritating are indeed rude and irritating no matter what neurotype defines them as such.

40. I am not praised for acting less neurotypical or punished for acting more neurotypical.  Bullshit.  Social cliques form and dissolve frequently on the playgrounds, with people being let in and thrown out on the smallest of considerations no matter what the neurology of the individual.  Similar whims are used to hire and fire employees, let people into clubs or blackball people in them. The fact is, every neurotype is subject to praise and punishment for not fitting a certain description, and no segment of the population holds constant privilege than any other in this regard.

41. I am not expected to alter or suppress my natural ways of moving, interacting, or expressing emotion in most circumstances. Bullshit.  There are these things which are called “rules of etiquette” and “deportment” which have existed since before the written word, and those who operate outside of these rules are ostracized.  Those who disobey the law are jailed.  Those who “act weird” are thrown out of the group.  No neurology enjoys privileges in this regard.

42. If I fail to alter or suppress my natural ways of moving, interacting, or expressing emotion, I do not fear public ridicule or exclusion because of this.  Bullshit.  There are these things which are called “rules of etiquette” and deportment which have existed since before the written word, and those who operate outside of these rules are ostracized.  Those who disobey the law are jailed.  Those who “act weird” are thrown out of the group.  No neurology enjoys privileges in this regard.

43. When prospective parents and others speak of wanting a “healthy child,” I know that they mean a child like me. Bullshit.  It could be said that only hateful parents consider their own children rejects.  It could be said that only the most ignorant people believe their baby is going to be born flawless. Therefore, if prospective parents speak of wanting a “healthy” child, if these parents are of sound mind and body, they are expressing an opinion that any parent would express, [that a child would be born “in good health” meaning, perhaps, not sick or ill in a manner that causes the child to suffer] and would not be inclined to change that opinion based upon your diagnosis.  That they criticize you for your shortcomings later on is not the same thing as implying you are not healthy.  What they are doing is PARENTING, and this can be seen in other animal groupings besides humans.  All animals teach their offspring skills, punish unwanted behaviors, etc.

44. People don’t accuse me of grandiosity or derisively dismiss it if I suggest that some admirable historical figure might have been neurotypical. This one is iffy.  You see, most historical figures that autistics like to say had autism were never diagnosed with it, and did NOT exhibit the characteristics attributable to autism. Furthermore, most autistics REFUSE to acknowledge those historical figures that DID exhibit autistic traits, even though they were not diagnosed with them such as Hitler.  Further, they angrily refute court-ordered evaluations which conclude that certain killers and mass-murders had autism.  And so when a person suggests you sound grandiose when you argue that someone of good moral or intellectual character had autism, and the person knows that the person in question did not fit the criteria one iota, they are being entirely correct when they accuse you of being grandiose, because the evidence that the individual you cite did NOT have autism is on their side, and not with you, and your stubborn refusal to see this truth causes them to derisively dismiss you.  Therefore, there is no neurotypical privilege.  There is only a reaction to your bullshit.

45. It is considered good for people who are not like me to try to act more like me.  If you mean autistic people like Dan Aykroyd and the like, the answer is yes.  If you mean supposed autistic people like Thomas Edison or Ben Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson, the answer is yes.  So where is the privilege?  On both sides at the least, because NTs have their heroes, too.  Further, many who don’t have autism or any other diagnoses are considered to be the worst sort of snobs, or fools, or idiots, or adulterers.  So there is no privilege either way.

46. My natural movements and traits are not used by my peers to ridicule others of their neurological type, either jokingly or maliciously.  Bullshit.  Social cliques form and dissolve frequently on the playgrounds, with people being let in and thrown out on the smallest of considerations no matter what the neurology of the individual.  Similar whims are used to hire and fire employees, let people into clubs or blackball people in them. The fact is, every neurotype is subject to praise and punishment for not fitting a certain description, and no segment of the population holds constant privilege than any other in this regard.

47. I am never told that the fact I have a certain cognitive skill means that I am lying when I say I lack another cognitive skill. Nor am I dismissed as incapable of things I truly can do because I lack certain cognitive skills.  If you were officially diagnosed by someone who is a professional in autism spectrum disorders, and if they tested your IQ, EQ, AQ, MA, personality, aptitude, and achievement, they know everything about you.  They know how smart you are, how emotional you are, how much on the spectrum you are, what your mental age is, what your personality is, what your potential for success is, how much you have achieved, and what your demonstrated skills sets are.  Ergo they know better than you do what you can do and what you can’t, and they know that even when you think you can’t, you can, and when you think you can, you can’t. YOU PROVED AND DEMONSTRATED THIS TO THEM WHEN YOU TOOK THE TEST.  This is true of any diagnostic testing, and particularly true in academia.  Therefore, no privilege exists here, because any perceptions that exist about you as the result of tests you took are perceptions you and you alone demonstrated to the test administrator and those who viewed and are aware of the results.

48. I can discuss my interests at length without this being viewed as a “symptom.”  No privilege here either.  Plenty of NTs are told they are “know it alls” and “bud-in-skis” because they don’t know when to shut up.

49. When I communicate, people do not gather in crowds around me and gawk.  They don’t with many on the spectrum, but they do do it with NTs who act strangely. Privilege in this area does not exist.

50. My behaviors, abilities, and skill levels at age 2 or 3 are considered indicative of an immature phase of life that will pass naturally, not as representative of my prognosis for the rest of life.  It has been suggested by some researchers that the regressive nature of autism begins in the toddler years, and, if left alone, continue into latter years. This, therefore, would be a symptom of autism, and a delineation of autism.  Not a consideration.  Not a prejudice.  Just a fact.  Therefore, there is no privilege.  Further, such societal perceptions would not occur if autistics on the spectrum proved the perceptions untrue and bucked the trend by responding to the efforts which Asperger suggests: “Another pedagogic trick is to announce any educational measures not as personal requests, but as objective impersonal law.”

In other words, when someone tells you to do something: Do it.

The bottom line:  White privilege exists.  Neurotypical privilege does not exist, or if it does exist, it pales in comparison to the multiple privileges which people with autism enjoy.

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Editorial #324: Why There Is No Neurotypical Prvilege, But There IS Autistic Privilege

Autism Politico feels it necessary to rebut the latest re-activated campaign that one small segment of the autism community keeps trying to resurrect, and that would be the concept of supposed neurotypical privilege.  Links to the pictured blog have been popping up more and more recently in the more radical Facebook groups.

NT privilege

 

We ask what privileges would those be that neurotypicals have?  When we know that Hans Asperger said that anyone on the autism spectrum who had intelligence could succeed if they applied themselves it would seem, then, that autistics are given the same chances as any NT, and they have similar, if not identical means by which they can achieve.

Let us keep in mind that everyone who is alive has either a medical diagnosis, or a psychiatric diagnosis, or some worldly troubles which complicate their abilities to function or a combination of the three. But it is consistently radical autistics who claim victimhood, believing that only they, among all the people in the world, no matter what their diagnosis or situation, have it the worst, and that all these people who have it better fall into one category: Neurotypical, and that all these neurotypical people are somehow privileged.

If neurotypicality were a race, autistics who believed in neurotypical privilege would be racist.

It’s been proven by Asperger that, like anyone else in society, self-motivation and the willingness to be instructed, mentored, and taught by others is all that is necessary for autistics to succeed.  These motivating factors are no different than the ones neurotypicals have.  Ergo neither autistics nor nuerotypicals seem to be privileged, but merely equal.

But we would argue that it IS autistics who are privileged, because whereas in previous times autistics went through school, got jobs, and had families, more recently, autistics have managed to convince people that they are incapable of doing these things.   Presently, the MAJORITY of people on the spectrum (Aspies particularly) seem to be claiming complete incompetence.  And so society gives them welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing, free medical care, IEPs, and an assortment of other benefits that previous generations of autistics would be insulted to have, let alone ask for.

The PRIVILEGE that people on the spectrum have is that they have convinced you that they are victims, when in fact it has been known since the time of Asperger that they are not. They are the furthest things from victims that you will ever see. If you are neurotypical, YOU are the victim.

Taking this one step further, in some instances, where autistics try to convince you that they are helpless -even though others who are more greatly affected have proven otherwise- it may be said that autistics are not victims at all, but bullies and abusers.  It may be said that they victimize you, and then claim YOU are the abuser.

So Autism Politico urges you to ignore the neurotypical privilege concept, and consider that those who promote it might be bullies.  As autistics, we cannot allow proponents of the neurotypical privilege concept to make NTs view us with condescension.  NTs have been most generous with their assistance and gifts to us.  Too giving really.

It’s time for autistics to give back to NTs, and for some autistics to return what they have, in effect, stolen from them.

Autism Politico wishes we could apologize for the embarrassing actions of those who devised the neurotypical privilege concept, but we assure you that their idea is not one that is shared by the autism community at large.  True autism activists view such concepts with disgust.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

May 17, 2016 Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment