Saturday, August 13, 2022

Comments by 4jgoiq

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  • Yes, there are MANY problems with the current body of autism research, our current diagnostic procedures, and the people considered experts and the assumptions they make. I agree with many of your criticisms about those things, and in fact, I would go even farther than you have – I have additional points, as well as additional supporting evidence for the points you did raise.

    But I strongly disagree that autism is made up and the “label” should be disregarded. My opinions and counterarguments on this are based on things you didn’t mention, and thus may not know. I have been diagnosed with it and have (and continue to) extensively learn about it. Some of the things in this article remind me of some of the problems that are also in autism science.

    On a personal level, I have real neurological differences, whatever diagnosis you want to call them. They happen to dovetail perfectly into autism criteria and the expressed experiences of other people identified as autistic. People denying these differences and insisting upon their own assumptions about me has caused me a great deal of harm and pain throughout my life. Advice for my specific autism-related difficulties has also empowered me such that I can now do more than I had been able to do before.

    There are so many things I could respond to, but I don’t want to spend a bunch of time composing a response and re-finding citations if I don’t even know if I’d be sending it into the void.

    I would be happy to discuss this further in the comments if you are interested. No pressure if you are not.