I've researched various articles about autism over the net and while all of them were informative, there was always one point I missed: "What do people outside of the autistic spectrum think of autistic people?"
I'm hoping to get opinions here.
Given that I'm opening this thread I'd like to establish some rules (and answer some genral questions) - in questions and answers form: 0 Q: What if I don't want to talk about autism?
A: Feel free to ignore this thread and have a nice day. :) 1 Q: Are negative opinions allowed?
A: Of course!
You are entitled to whatever your opinion might be, just refrain from being outright hostile and/or insulting.
I know this isn't a direct example and more of an analogy, but it's the best I can think of at the moment.
Bad: "Whites are just oppressive motherf... *insult censoring beep*!"
Good: "I dislike white people because they oppress people of other races."
In the good example an opinion is expressed and explained, while the bad one is basically name calling.
What I'm looking for is a constructive discussion, not a toxic thread.
If all you want to do is vent out rage, look for another thread.
P.S. Sorry about resorting to racism, but it's easier to illustrate the point with such clear-cut examples and obviously those are just examples and not my actual opinion. 2 Q: It sounded like you only want to hear from people outside of the spectrum. What if I'm in the spectrum?
A: I knew I couldn't be the only one, yay. :D
Ahem, anyone's free to join the discussion regardless of being in the spectrum or not. 3 Q: Are you autistic?
A: Yes, unless Asperger's syndrome was removed from the spectrum when I wasn't looking. ;)
However, I won't judge anyone's answer because of it. 4 Q: Do we have to share our personal experience?
A: Not if you don't to.
If that's the case, make sure plainly state it so I'll know to keep my curiosity at bay. 5 Q: Em, I don't really know much about autism. May I ask about it or what's it like for you?
A: By all means, please do. :)
I don't have a problem talking about my experience and I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have (though I'm by no means an expert on the topic).
Just keep in mind autism is a spectrum and varies from individual to individual (what applies to me outside of some general things might not apply to someone else on the spectrum) and not everyone might want to talk about it.
Anyway, Wikipedia should be a good starting point for a general idea.
For a short version, check out the Autism piece of the Real Monsters art series by Toby Allen (AKA ZestyDoesThings).
I know of a great deal of other material, but I don't want to bury the first post in links.
If you want more research material feel free to ask. :) 6 Q: Are autism and Asperger's syndrome the same?
A: No, Asperger's syndrome is a type of autism near the beginning of the spectrum, a "lighter" form of it to put it simply. 7 Q: Should I call you an "aspie/aspy"?
A: I know some with Asperger's syndrome like that term, but I personally dislike so please don't address me with it. 8 Q: If there were a "cure" for your condition, would you want it?
First: autism is a lifelong condition so it can't just be removed or "cured", however, autistic people can learn to "blend in" to a point.
Second: keep in mind a lot of people (including me) consider autism to be a part of their identity similarly to how someone might consider their religion or nationality to be a part of them.
While my condition makes me more likely to come across as strange or awkward in social interactions I consider it to be an asset rather than a curse. 9. Q: Can you recognise retorical questions?
A: While it's not impossible for me to spot one, I'd appreciate that you make it known you're not actually looking for an answer.
In general reading between the lines has never been my strong suit. XD 10 Q: Why are you making this thread?
A: Just because I'm curious.
There's no agenda behind it, though if I manage to slay some stereotypes while I'm at it that'd be awesome. ;) A word of warning: I tend to dig deep when my curiosity is aroused if I'm overdoing it, tell me and I'll do my best to stop.
That should cover it. If the QA section is missing something, tell me and I'll add it.
*sighs* I was naive to hope it wouldn't happen.
However it did, so I'm adding another rule - in imperative form this time. Don't downvote people over anything in this topic!
If you disagree, talk it over with arguments
, but do everything you can not to turn it into a fight
Like I said before, what I'm looking for is a disscussion not a toxic thread.
autism is the only mental illness used as a damn punchline, a joke, I see it as a life without parole sentence in the beforelife. Weaponized autism, its the only illness people can make fun of and get away with, because its one you cant physically see and its been used as case law for someone getting away with murder (not guilty), no joke