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Well Harold, since you asked…

Posted Dec 12 2008 1:26pm

Over at his blog, Harold is fretting about the possibility of Autism Twitter Day really being a stealth-Neurodiversity attack:

What exactly does “positive” autism awareness mean? Is that concept consistent with “realistic” autism awareness?

Well, yeah. Look Harold, sooner or later you’re going to have to bite the bullet and accept the fact that a sizeable percentage of the autism community are interested in pursuing positive autism awareness. This means reflecting one reality of autism – that there are positives to autism and they should be celebrated and that awareness of these positives is something that should be raised. This is reality. One reality.

Another reality is that autism has its downsides too – we all live it, we all know that. Now, if Harold (or whomever) wants to do his own “negative” autism awareness day then – good luck to him. Personally, I’ve had enough of that but I recognise that it – just like the positive side of autism – is a reality. Harold goes on:

Still I can’t help but wonder when I see the adjective “positive” used to describe autism awareness whether it is an attempt to censor the discussion, to promote an unrealistic, feel good picture of autism

Yeah, damn that evil censoring positivity. Sometimes autism (take a deep breath Harold) does feel good. It feels good to be involved in my childs life on many occasions. And as for censorship Harold, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to comment on your blog only to note no comment has ever made it past your censorship. You, by contrast, continue to remain free to comment here.

Here’s the thing Harold. You don’t want there to be any discussion of positivity in my opinion. You refuse to believe such a thing exists. You see autism = bad. End of story. The terrible truth Harold is that you are the censor. Anything that doesn’t contain a hefty dollop of misery isn’t ‘reality’ for you. Well, cool, whatever you like. However, please don’t try and dictate to everyone else – who clearly see that autism has many sides and many realities – what we should and should not talk about.

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