Conceptualizing Autism

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I know I haven’t posted in awhile, and this isn’t really much of a post, but I just wanted to direct you to:

Conceptualizing Autism

Which is at Existence is Wonderful, and manages to clearly put into words a lot of things I’ve noticed but never been able to say all at once. (Something that Anne is talented at in general.)

Just one quote out of many good ones here. She talks of three different ways of looking at autism — in terms of neurological structure, in terms of lived experience, and in terms of outward behavior. Of the set of outward behavior normally used to recognize autistic people, she notes:

What is interesting, and perhaps a bit unnerving, is that this category is at once the one people tend to put the most stock in (in terms of identifying autistics, in terms of determining what educational supports we might need, etc.) and the one most subject to cultural biases, personal biases, misinformation, and the ever-changing social lens through which different kinds of people are generally viewed.

About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods. Crochet or otherwise create constantly and compulsively. Write poetry and paint when I can. Physically and cognitively disabled. Anything you hear in the media or gossip is likely to be oversimplified at best and wildly inaccurate at worst, the only way to get to know me is to actually know me. I'm not really part of any online faction or another, even ones that claim me as a member. The thing in the world most important to me is having love and compassion for other people, although I don't always measure up to my own standards there by a longshot. And individual specific actions and situations and contexts matter a lot more to me than broadly-spoken abstract words and ideas about a topic. My father died a couple years ago and that has changed my life a lot in ways that are still evolving, but I wear a lot of his clothes and hats every day since he died and have shown no sign of stopping soon.

4 responses »

  1. Thank you for posting this. I cannot even begin to tell you how much your blog and those of other adults with autism have have taught me, and completely changed my view of autism. My autistic son will benefit because of what you’ve taught me. Stay strong!

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