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Autism Is A Learning Preference Not a Disability? Educationalist Needs Some Reality Based Autism Education

Posted Jun 03 2010 3:57am
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Main Entry: ed·u·ca·tion·ist 
Pronunciation: \ˌe-jə-ˈkā-sh(ə-)nist\
Variant(s): also ed·u·ca·tion·al·ist  \-shnə-list, -shə-nəl-ist\
Function: noun
Date: 1829
1 chiefly British : a professional  educator
2 : an  educational  theorist
Main Entry: pref·er·ence 
Pronunciation: \ˈpre-fərn(t)s, ˈpre-f(ə-)rən(t)s\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English preferraunce, from Middle French preferance,from Medieval Latin praeferentia, from Latin praeferent-, praeferens,present participle of praeferre
Date: 15th century
1 a : the act of  preferring  : the state of being  preferred  b : the power or opportunity of choosing
2 : one that is  preferred
3 : the act, fact, or principle of giving advantages to some over others

According to the Miriam Webster online dictionary an educationalist is a professional educator or an educational theorist.  In the above reference  which also formed the headline  of the article in question and is now on the internet the Educationalist distorts the realities of Autism Disorders.  A preference, as set out in the MW involves a choice, the power to choose. Even for those with High Functioning Autism or Aspergers I have never seen a scholarly article or even a Neurodiversity ideological tract which describes their methods of learning as being choices.

The educationalist says  that autism is not a disability? Tell that to those with Autistic Disorder and intellectual disability. For them, including my son, autism is a serious disability.  The Educationalist should educate himself about autism DISORDERS before telling the world that autism is not a disability.

Educationalist educate thyself!

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